Food and American studies

Authored by: Margot Finn

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782647
eBook ISBN: 9780203819227
Adobe ISBN: 9781136741661


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This entry outlines three ways of thinking about the field of American studies and the implications of each one for studying food. As an area study of the US, American studies often takes the form of case studies that use multiple approaches to examine a particular event, object, place, or group of people. As an interdisciplinary cultural studies method, American studies promotes the analysis of ideology, hegemony, social hierarchies and forms of oppression and resistance. As a confederation of (inter)disciplines, American studies invites connections between disparate approaches and attention to the experiences of marginalized populations and subjects.

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