The emergence of national food : the dynamics of food and nationalism

Ichijo, Atsuko , Johannes, Venetia and Ranta, Ronald, eds. (2019) The emergence of national food : the dynamics of food and nationalism. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 224p. ISBN 9781350074132

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Abstract

What do deep fried mars bars, cod, and Bulgarian yoghurt have in common? Each have become symbolic foods with specific connotations, located to a very specific place and country. This book explores the role of food in society as a means of interrogating the concept of the nation-state and its sub-units, and reveals how the nation-state in its various disguises has been and is changing in response to accelerated globalisation. The chapters investigate various stages of national food: its birth, emergence, and decline, and why sometimes no national food emerges. By collecting and analysing a wide range of case studies from countries including Portugal, Mexico, the USA, Bulgaria, Scotland, and Israel, the book illustrates ways in which various social forces work together to shape social and political realities concerning food. The contributors, hailing from anthropology, history, sociology and political science, investigate the significance of specific food cultures, cuisines, dishes, and ingredients, and their association with national identity. In so doing, it becomes clearer how these two things interact, and demonstrates the scope and direction of the current study of food and nationalism.

Item Type: Book
Research Area: Anthropology
History
Politics and international studies
Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences
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Depositing User: Atsuko Ichijo
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 10:04
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 10:04
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/43369

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