Food, cultural studies, and popular culture

Authored by: Fabio Parasecoli

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.ch25

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Abstract

Food studies shares with cultural studies its focus on the connections between lived bodies, imagined realities, and structures of power. Both disciplines acknowledge that not only material practices, but also desires, fantasies, fears, and dreams coagulating around food, its production, preparation, and consumption, deeply influence our development as individual subjects and as members of all kinds of social formations. Lived food experiences, including recipes, food-related traditions, cooking techniques, even daily shopping, should then be analyzed in their relations with power structures such as the food industry, marketing and advertising firms, political lobbies, academic institutions, and media.

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