Foodies: Democracy And Distinction In The Gourmet Foodscape

December 14, 2014|
Foodies: Democracy And Distinction In The Gourmet Foodscape by Josee Johnston
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This important cultural analysis tells two stories about food. The first depicts good food as democratic. Foodies frequent ''hole in the wall'' ethnic eateries, appreciate the pie found in working-class truck stops, and reject the snobbery of fancy French restaurants with formal table service. The second story describes how food operates as a source of status and distinction for economic and cultural elites, indirectly maintaining and reproducing social inequality. While the first storyline insists that anybody can be a foodie, the second  asks foodies to look in the mirror and think about their relative social and economic privilege. By simultaneously considering both of these stories, and studying how they operate in tension, a delicious sociology of food becomes available, perfect for teaching a broad range of cultural sociology courses.

Josée Johnstonis associate professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Her major substantive interest is the sociological study of food, which is a lens for investigating questions relating to consumer culture, politics, gender and the environment. She has a forthcoming book with Kate Cairns entitledFood and Femininity...
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Title:Foodies: Democracy And Distinction In The Gourmet Foodscape
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:276 pages, 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.65 in
Shipping dimensions:276 pages, 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.65 in
Published:December 14, 2014
Publisher:Routledge
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781138015128

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