The Sociology of food and eating : essays on the sociological significance of food / edited by Anne Murcott.

Aldershot, Hants, England : Gower, 1983.
viii, 195 pages ; 23 cm


Gower international library of research and practice [More in this series]
Summary note
Abstract: Seventeen essays on the sociological significance of food and eating in Britain are presented. The focus is to examine the way the British relate culinary practices, menus and manners, and beliefs and concepts about food values to the social aspects of eating. Many of these practices, anthropologists note, are associated with the sociocultural patterns of specific groups. Four chapters examine food ideologies, 2 explore lines of thinking, and the remainder look at research related to food and eating. The 2 major recurring themes are that eating is a moral issue (nutritional values are equated to social values and health) and that food selection and preparation reflect social structure. A bibliography and index are included. (kbc).
Includes index.
Bibliographic references
Bibliography: p. 186-193.
  • Eating, culture and social organisation. Eating virtue / Paul Atkinson
  • Vegetarianism and the meanings of meat / Julia Twigg
  • Living from hand to mouth : the farmworker, food and agribusiness / Howard Newby
  • The hierarchy of maintenance and the maintenance of hierarchy : notes on food and industry / Eric Batstone
  • Food, health and generation. The management of food in pregnancy / Sally Macintyre
  • A question of balance : Asian and British women's perceptions of food during pregnancy / Hilary Homans
  • Food for equilibrium : the dietary principles and practice of Chinese families in London / Erica Wheeler and Tan Swee Poh
  • The goodness is out of it : the meaning of food to two generations / Mildred Blaxter and Elizabeth Paterson
  • The salt of the earth : ideas linking diet, exercise and virtue among elderly Aberdonians / Rory Williams
  • An apple a day-- some reflections on working class mothers' views on food and health / Roisin Pill.
  • (cont.) The sweet things in life : aspects of the management of diabetic diet / Tina Posner
  • Cooking, gender and household. Lobster, chicken, cake and tears : deciphering wedding meals / Sara Delamont
  • You are what you eat : food and family reconstitution / Jacqueline Burgoyne and David Clarke
  • The way to a man's heart : food in the violent home / Rhian Ellis
  • Men in the kitchen : notes from a cookery class / Tony Coxon
  • Cooking and the cooked : a note on the domestic preparation of meals / Anne Murcott.
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