1st Edition

Food, Health and Identity

Edited By Pat Caplan Copyright 1997
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    By addressing the issue of food and eating in Britain today this collection considers the ways in which food habits are changing and shows how social and personal identities and perceptions of health risk influence people's food choices.

    The articles explore, among other issues:
    • the family meal
    • wedding cakes
    • nostalgia and the invention of tradition
    • the rise of vegetarianism
    • the recent BSE crisis
    • the `creolization' of British food eating out
    • creation of individual identity through lifestyle.

    The contributors include Hanna Bradby, Simon Charsley, Allison James, Anne Keane, Lydia Martens and Alan Warde.

    1: Approaches to the study of food, health and identity; 2: Family meals — a thing of the past?; 3: Marriages, weddings and their cakes; 4: How British is British food?; 5: Fast food/spoiled identity; 6: ‘Bacon sandwiches got the better of me'; 7: Urban pleasure?; 8: ‘We never eat like this at home'; 9: Too hard to swallow?; 10: Being told what to eat; 11: Health, eating and heart attacks; 12: Scaremonger or scapegoat?; 13: Declining meat


    Pat Caplan