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Digital Food Cultures

1st Edition

Edited by Deborah Lupton, Zeena Feldman


216 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the interrelations between food, technology and knowledge-sharing practices in producing digital food cultures.

Digital Food Cultures adopts an innovative approach to examine representations and practices related to food across a variety of digital media: blogs and vlogs (video blogs), Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, technology developers’ promotional media, online discussion forums and self-tracking apps and devices. The book emphasises the diversity of food cultures available on the internet and other digital media, from those celebrating unrestrained indulgence in food to those advocating very specialised diets requiring intense commitment and focus. While most of the digital media and devices discussed in the book are available and used by people across the world, the authors offer valuable insights into how these global technologies are incorporated into everyday lives in very specific geographical contexts.

This book offers a novel contribution to the rapidly emerging area of digital food studies and provides a framework for understanding contemporary practices related to food production and consumption internationally.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Digital Food Cultures

Deborah Lupton

Part I: Bodies and Affects

2. Self-Tracking and Digital Food Cultures: Surveillance and Self-Representation of the Moral ‘Healthy’ Body

Rachael Kent

3. Carnivalesque Food Videos: Excess, Gender and Affect on YouTube

Deborah Lupton

Part II: Healthism and Spirituality

4. You Are What You Instagram: Clean Eating and the Symbolic Representation of Food

Stephanie Alice Baker and Michael James Walsh

5. Healthism and Veganism: Discursive Constructions of Food and Health in an Online Vegan Community Healthism in the Online Vegan Community

Ellen Scott

6. Working at Self and Wellness: A Critical Analysis of Vegan Vlogs

Virginia Braun and Sophie Carruthers

Part III: Expertise and Influencers

7. ‘A Seat at the Table: Amateur Restaurant Review Bloggers and the Gastronomic Field

Morag Kobez

8. I See Your Expertise and Raise You Mine: Social Media Foodscapes and the Rise of the Celebrity Chef

Pia Rowe and Ellen Grady

9. Crazy for Carcass’ Foodie-Waste Femininity, and Digital Whiteness

Maud Perrier and Elaine Swan

Part IV: Spatialities and Politics

10. Are You Local? Digital Inclusion in Participatory Foodscapes

Alana Mann

11. Visioning Food and Community Through the Lens of Social Media

Karen Cross

Part V: Food Futures

12. Connected Eating: Servitising the Human Body through Digital Food Technologies

Suzan Boztepe and Martin Berg

13. From Silicon Valley to Table: Solving Food Problems by Making Food Disappear

Markéta Dolejšová

About the Editors

Deborah Lupton works across the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney, and leads the Vitalities Lab. Her latest authored books are The Quantified Self (2016), Digital Health (Routledge, 2017), Fat, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2018) and Data Selves (2019).

Zeena Feldman is Lecturer in Digital Culture at King’s College London, where she leads the Quitting Social Media Project. Her work examines intersections between online communication, technology and everyday life, and has appeared in Information, Communication & Society, TripleC and OpenDemocracy, and on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

About the Series

Critical Food Studies

Critical Food Studies
The study of food has seldom been more pressing or prescient. From the intensifying globalization of food, a world-wide food crisis and the continuing inequalities of its production and consumption, to food's exploding media presence, and its growing re-connections to places and people through 'alternative food movements', this series promotes critical explorations of contemporary food cultures and politics. Building on previous but disparate scholarship, its overall aims are to develop innovative and theoretical lenses and empirical material in order to contribute to - but also begin to more fully delineate - the confines and confluences of an agenda of critical food research and writing. Of particular concern are original theoretical and empirical treatments of the materialisations of food politics, meanings and representations, the shifting political economies and ecologies of food production and consumption and the growing transgressions between alternative and corporatist food networks.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography