Food, Morals and Meaning | 2nd Edition
The Pleasure and Anxiety of Eating
AUTHOR: Coveney, John
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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'.
Focusing on how our food anxieties have stemmed from social, political and religious problems in Western history, Food, Morals and Meaninglooks 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
- 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, Moralsand Meaningis essential reading for those studying nutrition, public health, sociology of health and illness and sociology of the body.
PUBLICATION DATE: 7/26/2006
CATEGORY: Cooking, Health & Fitness, Medical, Philosophy, Social Science