The sociology of food

Authored by: William Alex McIntosh

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

10.4324/9780203819227.ch2

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Abstract

Sociologists study groups and food is produced, processed, and consumed by groups. Such groups include farms, food companies and families. Consumers vary regarding the degree of control they believe they have over their food choices. In addition individuals purposely establish relationships with others in order to achieve their goals. For those of low income, establishing reciprocal ties with others in order to obtain needed food in times of scarcity is a necessity. These others include relatives, friends, and store owners. Family meals are said to define families and creating family meals places a significant burden on adult females in families.

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