Food, Morals and Meaning: The Pleasure and Anxiety of Eating

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  • Following on from the success of the first edition, John Coveney traces our complex relationship with food and eating and our preoccupation with diet, self-discipline and food guilt. Using our current fascination with health and nutrition, he explores why our appetite for food pleasures makes us feel anxious. This up-to-date edition includes an examination of how our current obsession with body size, especially fatness, drives a national and international panic about the obesity 'epidemic'. Focussing on how our food anxieties have stemmed from social, political and religious problems in Western history, "Food Morals and Meaning" looks at: the ancient Greeks' preoccupation with eating; early Christianity and the conflict between the pleasures of the flesh and spirituality; scientific developments in eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe and our current knowledge of food; the social organization of food in the modern home, based on real interviews; and the obesity 'epidemic' and its association with moral degeneration. Based on the work of Michel Foucault, this fresh and updated edition explains how a rationalization food choice - so apparent in current programmes on nutrition and health - can be traced through a genealogy of historical social imperatives and moral panics. "Food, Morals and Meaning" is essential reading for those studying nutrition, public health, sociology of health and illness, and sociology of the body.
  • Author:
    John Coveney
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    178
    EAN:
    9780415376211
    Edition:
    2
    ISBN:
    0415376211
    Label:
    Routledge
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $47.95
    Manufacturer:
    Routledge
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    208
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2006-07-24
    Publisher:
    Routledge
    Studio:
    Routledge
    Title:
    Food, Morals and Meaning: The Pleasure and Anxiety of Eating

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