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The Anthropology of Food and Body : Gender, Meaning and Power - Carole M. Counihan

The Anthropology of Food and Body

Gender, Meaning and Power

Paperback Published: 12th August 1999
ISBN: 9780415921930
Number Of Pages: 264

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"The Anthropology of Food and Body" explores the way that making, eating, and thinking about food reveal culturally determined gender-power relations in diverse societies. Carole M. Counihan takes a cross-cultural approach to ask compelling questions about eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, bodily changes in reproduction, and gender differences around food.
Using ethnographic data from her fieldwork in Europe and the U.S., the author addresses issues around food, culture and gender such as: What powers do women gain and lose through their control over food preparation and distribution? What do food images in children's fantasy stories tell us about their sense of self? How do beliefs about eating and intercourse in different cultures reflect and affect gender ideology? How does the objectification of the female body subordinate women, and how can women challenge it? And how do pregnancy and birth affect women's body image and empowerment? This book brings feminist and anthropological theories to bear on these provocative issues and will interest anyone investigating the relationship between food, the body, and cultural notions of gender.

""The Anthropology of Food and Bodyoffers a bountiful, textured collection of essays, some previously published, some part of the author's ongoing work, some written expressly for this volume." -"Gastronomica "This collection...should be of special interest to readers in women's studies, gender studies, and foods-and nutrition studies....All levels." -"Choice

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Food, Culture and Gender
Bread as World: Food Habits and Social Relations in Modernizing Sardinia
Food, Power, and Female Identity in Contemporary France
Food, Sex, and Reproduction: Penetration of Gender Boundaries
What Does It Mean to Be Fat, Thin, and Female? A Review Essay
An Anthropological View of Western Women's Prodigious Fasting: A Review Essay
Food Rules in the United States: Individualism, Control, and Hierarchy
Fantasy Food: Gender and Food Symbolism in Preschool Children's Made-Up Stories
Food as Tie and Rupture: Negotiating Intimacy and Autonomy in the Florentine Family
The Body as Voice of Desire and Connection in Florence, Italy
Body and Power in Women's Experiences of Reproduction in the United States
Notes
Bibliography Recipes
Index
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ISBN: 9780415921930
ISBN-10: 0415921937
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 12th August 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.34  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1