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Food and Gender

Identity and Power

Edited by Carole M. Counihan, Steven L. Kaplan

© 2004 – Routledge

173 pages

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Paperback: 9789057025686
pub: 1998-11-26
Hardback: 9781138175341
pub: 2016-08-19

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This volume examines, among other things, the significance of food-centered activities to gender relations and the construction of gendered identities across cultures. It considers how each gender's relationship to food may facilitate mutual respect or produce gender hierarchy. This relationship is considered through two central questions: How does control of food production, distribution, and consumption contribute to men's and women's power and social position? and How does food symbolically connote maleness and femaleness and establish the social value of men and women? Other issues discussed include men's and women's attitudes towards their bodies and the legitimacy of their appetites.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General