Academic journal article Italian Sociological Review

Foreword

Academic journal article Italian Sociological Review

Foreword

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This "second episode" of studies on food hosted by 'Italian Sociological Review' examines the issue of the symbolic meanings of food. The communicative and symbolic importance of food is so strong that it becomes a plot of resonance of almost all the topics and the socio-cultural processes that are increasingly relevant in the social scene. From immigration to health, from tourism to economy, from social recognition to memory. Especially in this time of economic crisis, the food takes powerfully the center of the stage as an area of symbolic mediation tout court, and it is through it that most of the dynamics that previously were expressed in different ways are retranslated. It is unavoidable that in a time of economic crisis, the food gains a symbolic centrality, well expressed by the stream of programs dedicated to it in the media: from the national-popular to the radical chic, is all a virtually fill the belly, perhaps for fear of having to "tighten the belt". Of particular interest is the paper of the Spanish colleagues focused on the blurring of the concept of citizenship and of food: certainly a prerequisite for individual liberty, but now detached from the usual third world issues of world hunger (usual but always relevant and important), also to widen the theme of information and consumerism. This is to emphasize that, even talking about food, the distance between the "fat" consumer of economically developed countries and the starving one of the "hungry world"; between those who have the problem of the diet and those who are hungry, can shorten significantly under the influence of the geopolitics of food. …

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