1st Edition

Digital Food Cultures

Edited By Deborah Lupton, Zeena Feldman Copyright 2020
    228 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.