Italian Sociological Review

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 2, 2014

Constructing Food Citizenship: Theoretical Premises and Social Practices1
1. IntroductionFood is the constituent and fundamental social fact of every society.2. In addition to its social and economic importance -humans employ an important part of their economic resources and time in procuring food, preparing it, and consuming...
Fatism, Self-Monitoring and the Pursuit of Healthiness in the Time of Technological Solutionism
1. Sociological approaches to obesityAccording to the Passihealth-surveillance research, in Italy 32% of adults are overweight and 11% are obese. Therefore, in Italy more than one adult in four (42%) is excessively fat. The research HBSC-Italia (Health...
Food and Social Change: Signs of Change in Spanish Eating Habits
Eating in a globalized worldIn recent years the agrofood system has undergone a wide variety of changes as a result of food products becoming part of the globalized market. This phenomenon, which in general terms could be described as foodglobalization,...
Food from a Sociological Perspective
1. Beyond edibilityEating is one of the great problems/themes of our times and the uses correlated to it demonstrate that they evolve, adapt to necessities, integrate innovation in certain cases, and translate social dynamics. Food is the symbol of socio-cultural...
Foreword
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...
Society's Visible Patrimony. A Sociological Approach to Understanding Consumption and Material Culture
1. IntroductionThis essay examines Domenico Secondulfo's book Sociologia del consumo e della cultura materiale (The Sociology of Consumption and Material Culture) [FrancoAngeli, 2012], framing its contribution to the field of sociology within contemporary...
The Consumption of Food between Risk of Individualism and Political Participation
IntroductionNowadays, we all live in a globalised world, a scenery where the control on their own daily experience is getting more and more evanescent. People have to face the consequences of what is decided somewhere else and of what happens very far...
Towards the Genomization of Food? Potentials and Risks of Nutrigenomics as a Way of Personalized Care and Prevention
IntroductionGenetics is a branch of biology that studies the processes by which the traits of living organisms are transmitted through heredity. The discipline's origins date back to the distant past: its first bases were laid in the mid-1800s by G....
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