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Research Methods in Digital Food Studies

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ISBN 9780367819279
April 7, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers the first methodological synthesis of digital food studies. It brings together contributions from leading scholars in food and media studies and explores research methods from textual analysis to digital ethnography and action.

In recent times, digital media has transformed our relationship with food which has become one of the central topics in digital and social media. This spatiotemporal shift in food cultures has led us to reimagine how we engage in different practices related to food as consumers. The book examines the opportunities and challenges that the new digital era of food studies presents and what methodologies are employed to study the changed dynamics in this field. These methodologies provide insights into how restaurant reviews, celebrity webpages, the blogosphere and YouTube are explored, as well as how to analyze digital archives, digital soundscapes and digital food activism and a series of approaches to digital ethnography in food studies. The book presents straightforward ideas and suggestions for how to get started on one’s own research in the field through well-structured chapters that include several pedagogical features.

Written in an accessible style, the book will serve as a vital point of reference for both experienced researchers and beginners in the digital food studies field, health studies, leisure studies, anthropology, sociology, food sciences, and media and communication studies.

Table of Contents

1. Doing Digital Food Studies

Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager and Jonatan Leer

Part 1: Textual Analysis

2. Textual Analysis in Digital Food Studies: New Approaches to Old Methods

Michelle Phillipov

3. Reading Celebrity Food Websites: Poststructural Approaches

Katrine Meldgaard Kjær

4. Analyzing Digital Food Sounds from a Textual Perspective - A Case of Champagne (?)

Nicolai Jørgensgaard Graakjær

5. How to Approach Food Texts on YouTube

Thomas Mosebo Simonsen and Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager

Part 2: Digital Ethnography

6. Fieldwork in Online Foodscapes: How to Bring an Ethnographic Approach to Studies of Digital Food and Digital Eating

Tanja Schneider and Karin Eli

7. Beyond the Hashtag: Social Media Ethnography in Food Activism

Alana Mann

8. Food Politics and the Media in Digital Times: Researching Household Practices as Forms of Digital Food Activism

Tania Lewis

Digital Tools and Platforms: The Rise of Food Apptivism and Alternative Food Networks

9. Exploring the Food Blogosphere

Meghan Lynch and Kerry Chamberlain

10. How to Study Online Restaurant Reviews

Camilla Vásquez and Alice Chik

Part 3: User’s Practices

11. Digital Food Tracking: Combining Traditional and Digital Ethnographic Methods to Identify the Influence of Social Media Sharing of Health and Food Upon Users’ Everyday Lives

Rachael Kent

12. How to Use Digital Media in Food-Related Action Research

Jonatan Leer

13. Food, Design, and Digital Media

Fabio Parasecoli

Part 4: Digital Archives and Network Analysis

14. Archived Web as a Resource in Food History

Caroline Nyvang

15. Tracing Culinary Discourse on Facebook: A Digital Methods Approach

Anders Kristian Munk

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Jonatan Leer is head of food and tourism research at University College Absalon and has published widely on food culture including Food and age and Alternative Food Politics, and previously edited the anthology Food and Media. He is visiting lecturer at University of Gastronomic Sciences.

Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager is Associate Professor at Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University. She has published on food, gender, and methodologies in e.g. Routledge’s Critical Food Studies and also, she is Editor-in-Chief at the Nordic Journal, MedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research.