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Food Consumption in the City

Practices and patterns in urban Asia and the Pacific, 1st Edition

Edited by Marlyne Sahakian, Czarina Saloma, Suren Erkman


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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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to food, society and the environment. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban