Food and Gender: Identity and Power

Food and Gender: Identity and Power

Food and Gender: Identity and Power

Food and Gender: Identity and Power

Synopsis

This volume examines, among other things, the significance of food-centered activities to gender relations and the construction of gendered identities across cultures. It considers how each gender's relationship to food may facilitate mutual respect or produce gender hierarchy. This relationship is considered through two central questions: How does control of food production, distribution, and consumption contribute to men's and women's power and social position? and How does food symbolically connote maleness and femaleness and establish the social value of men and women? Other issues discussed include men's and women's attitudes towards their bodies and the legitimacy of their appetites.

Excerpt

Food in History and Culture seeks to examine and illuminate the role of food in various cultures and throughout history, in order to provide a greater understanding of civilization and society. Food contributes to the creation of people's lives-socially, economically, politically, morally and nutritionally-in powerful but often subtle ways. This series explores the history of food production, distribution and consumption, as well as the role of food in rituals. In their analyses, the authors included in Food in History and Culture are committed to the idea of food as a matter of social, as much as biological, importance.

Carole Counihan

Steve Kaplan

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