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Food Consumption in the City
Practices and patterns in urban Asia and the Pacific

ISBN 9780367029746
Published January 8, 2018 by Routledge
258 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Food consumption patterns and practices are rapidly changing in Asia and the Pacific, and nowhere are these changes more striking than in urban areas. This book brings together scholars from  anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, tourism, architecture and development studies to provide a comprehensive examination of food consumption trends in the cities of Asia and the Pacific, including household food consumption, eating out and food waste.

The chapters cover different scales of analysis, from household research to national data, and combine different methodologies and approaches, from quantifiable data that show how much people consume to qualitative findings that reveal how and why consumption takes place in urban settings. Detailed case studies are included from China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam, as well as Hawai'i and Australia. The book makes a timely contribution to current debates on the challenges and opportunities for socially just and environmentally sound food consumption in urbanizing Asia and the Pacific.

Table of Contents


Marlyne Sahakian, Czarina Saloma and Suren Erkman 

Part 1: Trends across the Region 

1. Same, Same – but Different: On Increasing Meat Consumption in the Global South 

Hellmuth Lange  

2. Grappling with Impacts: Environmental Considerations around Agriculture and Food Waste Treatment in Asian cities 

Megha Shenoy 

Part 2: Food Practices and Cultures 

3. Emerging Consumerism and Eating Out in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: The Social Embeddedness of Food Sharing 

Judith Ehlert  

4. Eating in Vertical Neighborhoods: Food Consumption Practices in Metro Manila Condominiums 

Czarina Saloma and Erik Akpedonu 

5. From Beef to Bananas: Consumer Preferences and Local Food Flows in Honolulu, Hawai‘i 

Elizabeth Louis and Kyle Datta 

6. The Food Revolution in Melbourne, 1980-2015 

Warwick Frost and Jennifer Laing 

7. The Practices of Indian Vegetarianism in a World of Limited Resources: The Case of Bengaluru 

Rune-Christoffer Dragsdahl 

Part 3: Food Waste Dynamics  

8. Uneaten Food: Emerging Social Practices around Food Waste in Greater Tokyo 

Atsushi Watabe, Chen Liu and Magnus Bengtsson 

9. From Thrift to Sustainability: The Changing Table Manners of Shanghai’s Food Leftovers 

Dunfu Zhang 

10. Food Waste in the Food Service Sector: A Case Study from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Effie Papargyropoulou 

11. Convenient Food, Inconvenient Waste: Systems of Provision Meet Social Practices in Seoul 

Keith Lee 

12. Towards Sustainable Consumption of Rice in a Private School in Metro Manila 

Abigail Marie Favis and Rafael Estanislao

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Marlyne Sahakian is a Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Czarina Saloma is Associate Professor of Sociology at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and recent Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at Bielefeld University, Germany. 

Suren Erkman is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he manages the Industrial Ecology Group.