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Food in society : economy, culture, geography / Peter Atkins and Ian Bowler
Bib ID 1600821
Format BookBook
Author
Atkins, P. J. (Peter J.)
 
Description London ; New York : Arnold, 2001 
xii, 328 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0340720034
0340720042 (paperback)
Summary

Who can deny the significance of food? It has a central role in our health and pleasure as well as in our economy, politics and culture. This book provides a social science perspective on food systems and demonstrates the rich variety of disciplinary and theoretical contexts of food studies. While hunger and malnutrition remain a reality in many countries, for some food has become an experience rather than a sustenance. This book addresses the different worldwide understandings of food through thematic chapters and a wide range of material including: description of the political economy of the food chain, from production to the point of sale; analysis of global issues of supply and demand; critical debate of environmental and health aspects of food, including GM food, the role of habits, taboos, age and gender in food consumption. Each chapter contains a guide to further reading and to websites of relevance to food. Extensively illustrated, this book is essential reading for students of food studies in the social sciences and humanities.ulation b

Full contents
  • Pt. I. Hors D'Oeuvre
  • 1. A background to food studies
  • Pt. II. The Political Economy of Food
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Food regimes as an organizing concept
  • 4. Globalization and food networks
  • 5. Transformation of the farm sector
  • 6. Food processing and manufacturing
  • 7. Food marketing and the consumer
  • Pt. III. Global and Geopolitical Food Issues
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Food supply.  |  Food.
Other authors/contributors Bowler, Ian R

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