Food and race

An overview

Authored by: Psyche Williams-Forson , Jessica Walker

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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A rapidly evolving area of focus in food studies is the role of race and ethnicity. Using a number of methodological and theoretical approaches, this work holds race as central to examine such issues as the nature of race and ethnic relations in food systems and in food interactions; the ways in which race reveals inter-, intra-, and external group tensions in food relations; the structural processes that influence and contribute to the manifestation of racial and ethnic tensions; and the ways in which food can be a vehicle for identifying a community’s responses to cultural and/or social maligning. This essay explores these tensions and considers also the ways that power dynamics are revealed in food and foodways when issues of race and ethnicity are held as central.

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