The Handbook of Food Research

The Handbook of Food Research

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Edited by Warren Belasco, Edited by Anne Murcott, Edited by Peter Jackson

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  • Publisher: Berg Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 680 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 264mm x 32mm | 1,340g
  • Publication date: 10 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847889166
  • ISBN 13: 9781847889164
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,076,482

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The last 20 years have seen a burgeoning of social scientific and historical research on food. The field has drawn in experts to investigate topics such as: the way globalisation affects the food supply; what cookery books can (and cannot) tell us; changing understandings of famine; the social meanings of meals - and many more. Now sufficiently extensive to require a critical overview, this is the first handbook of specially commissioned essays to provide a tour d'horizon of this broad range of topics and disciplines. The editors have enlisted eminent researchers across the social sciences to illustrate the debates, concepts and analytic approaches of this widely diverse and dynamic field. This volume will be essential reading, a ready-to-hand reference book surveying the state of the art for anyone involved in, and actively concerned about research on the social, political, economic, psychological, geographic and historical aspects of food. It will cater for all who need to be informed of research that has been done and that is being done.

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Anne Murcott is Professorial Research Associate, Food Studies Centre, Department of Anthropology, SOAS University of London and Honorary Professor, School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Nottingham, UK. Among her books is The Sociology of Food: Eating, Diet and Culture (with Stephen Mennell and Anneke van Otterloo). In 2009 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala. Warren Belasco is Professor Emeritus of American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. He is the author of Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry, Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food, and Food: The Key Concepts. He has edited Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies (with Philip Scranton), and Food Chains: From Farmyard to Shopping Cart (with Roger Horowitz). Peter Jackson is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has edited several books including Changing Families, Changing Food and he is the lead author of Food Words: Essays in Culinary Culture.

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The Handbook of Food Research covers the whole spectrum of research related to food production, distribution and consumption -- Ellen J. Helsper LSE Review of Books This impressive compendium introduces readers to research in food history and sociology on diverse topics including food technologies, adulteration, marketing, and waste; nutrition, food security, and famine; farming, terroir, meals, and media; eating disorders, obesity, and food politics. It will be an invaluable resource for both beginning and established scholars seeking a comprehensive overview of foodways research. Carole Counihan, Editor-in-Chief of 'Food and Foodways' and co-editor of 'Food and Culture: A Reader' and 'Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World.' An ambitious and judicious compilation of reviews of international research on the diverse topics constituting the fragmented field of food studies, this book amasses the evidence and theory from many disciplines needed for a coherent and relevant understanding of current issues of provision, consumption and policy. Alan Warde, Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. This Handbook is a comprehensive examination of food in its social, ecological, nutritional, cultural and political dimensions by a stellar line-up of research-scholars. Its organizing frameworks of history, provisioning, consumption, and current issues underscore food's centrality to all scales of social life. Philip McMichael, Cornell University, USA. These authoritative essays illuminate key analytical themes and future challenges confronting contemporary and historical research on food in the social sciences. This erudite collection will be an indispensable companion for researchers in the rapidly expanding, diverse field of food studies. David Goodman, Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, King's College London, and Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA Making an inventory of paradigms and methods, with an abundance of very relevant empirical data, the authors of this handbook show, in an exemplary manner, how forty years of multidisciplinary interest for food led to the emergence of the "food research"; a sector becoming one of the most dynamic fields of the contemporary science. Jean Pierre Poulain, Sociologist and Anthropologist, Taylor's University, Malaysia and University of Toulouse 2, France. This is an important collection of writings by an international group of scholars on the production, distribution and consumption of food, that is both firmly anchored in history and addresses contemporary social problems. It is a valuable guidebook to the rapidly growing and highly diverse field of food research. Jukka Gronow, Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland A cross-disciplinary and historically rich review, a future research agenda and much provocation. This book will encourage food studies scholars to chart the continuities and changes, consensus and contest in the biological, environmental and social relations of food. Jane Dixon, Senior Fellow, Australian National University, Australia

Table of contents

Foreword by Sidney W. Mintz (John Hopkins University, USA) A Burgeoning Field: Introduction to The Handbook of Food Research - Anne Murcott, (SOAS, University of Nottingham and London South Bank University, UK) Part One: Historical Essentials Editorial Introduction The History of Globalization and the Food Supply - Leigh Bush, Adrianne Bryant, and Richard Wilk (Indiana University, USA) Re-thinking the Economic and Social History of Agriculture and Food, Through the Lens of Food Choice - Richard Le Heron (University of Auckland, NZ) Feeding Growing Cities in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Problems, Innovations and Reputations - Peter Scholliers and Patricia Van Den Eeckhout, (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) The Historical Development of Industrial and Domestic Food Technologies- M nica Truninger (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal) Social History of the Science of Food Analysis and the Control of Adulteration- Peter J. Atkins, (University of Durham, UK) Representations of Food Production and Consumption: Cookbooks as Historical Sources - Kyri W. Claflin (Boston University, USA) Part Two: Frameworks of Provision: Production and Distribution Editorial Introduction Contemporary Food Systems - Terry Marsden (Cardiff University, UK) Economics, Food Demand and Nutrition - Richard Tiffin and Matthew Salois (University of Reading, UK) Food Chains - Bill Pritchard (University of Sydney, Australia) Food and the Audit Society - Hugh Campbell (University of Otago, NZ) Environmental Issues in Agriculture: Farming Systems and Ecosystem Services - Michael Winter (University of Exeter, UK) Appellations and indications of origin, terroir, and the social construction and contestation of place-named foods - Harry G. West (SOAS, UK) A Critical Turn in Hospitality and Tourism Research - Richard Mitchell and David Scott (School of Hospitality, Otago Polytechnic, NZ and Southern Cross University, Australia) Part Three: Buying and Eating Editorial Introduction Food Marketing - Marianne Elisabeth Lien (University of Oslo, Norway) and Eivind Jacobsen (National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO), Oslo, Norway) Food Retailing - Allan G. Hallsworth (University of Portsmouth, UK) The Twenty-First Century 'Food Consumer': The Emergence of Consumer Science - Helene Brembeck (Centre for Consumer Science, CFK, University of Gothenburg, Sweden) Appetite and Satiety - A Psychobiological Approach - John Blundell, Michelle Dalton, Graham Finlayson (University of Leeds, UK) Sociology of Food Consumption - Lotte Holm (Copenhagen University, Denmark) Meals: Eating at Home and 'Eating Out' - Alice Julier (Chatham University, USA) Drinks: Water, 'Soft' and Alcoholic - Tom Brennan (United States Naval Academy, USA) Food and Identity - Krishnendu Ray (New York University, USA) Part Four: Contemporary Issues, Problems and Policy Editorial Introduction Hunger and Famine Worldwide - Ellen Messer (Boston University, USA) The Politics of Food and Nutrition Policies - David F. Smith (University of Aberdeen, UK) Risk and Trust in the Food Supply - Unni Kj rnes (The National Institute for Consumer Research, Oslo, Norway) Food (In)security in the Global "North" and "South" - Jane L. Midgley (University of Newcastle, UK) Food and the Media: Production, Representation and Consumption - Roger Dickinson (University of Leicester, UK) Eating Disorders and Obesity: Symptoms of a Socially Sanctioned Pathway in the Modern World - Jane Ogden (University of Surrey, UK) Food Waste - Catherine Alexander (Goldsmiths' College London, UK) Nicky Gregson (University of Sheffield, UK) and Zsuzsa Gille (University of Illinois at Urbana-champaign, USA) References Name Index Subject Index