Publication date:

18 February 2014

Length of book:

290 pages


Lexington Books

ISBN-13: 9780739173107

Food and Everyday Life provides a qualitative, interpretive, and interdisciplinary examination of food and food practices and their meanings in the modern world. Edited by Thomas M. Conroy, the book offers a number of complementary approaches and topics around the parameters of the “ordinary, everyday” perspective on food. These studies highlight aspects of food production, distribution, and consumption, as well as the discourse on food. Chapters discuss examples ranging from the cultural meanings of food as represented on television, to the practices of food budgeting, to the cultural politics of such practices as sustainable brewing and developing new forms of urban agriculture. A number of the studies focus on the relationships between food, eating practices, and the body. Each chapter examines a particular (and in many instances, highly unique) food practice, and each includes some key details of that practice. Taken together, the chapters show us how the everyday practices of food are both familiar and, yet at the same time, ripe for further discovery.

The study of foodways is a fascinating one. Following the cultural turn in the social sciences and the emergence of the field of cultural studies, scholars have turned to a focus on cultural practices, including everyday life practices. One of such practice is the practice of food. Food for humans remains a means and a rich expression of culture. A an everyday life practice, food can be examined in a wide variety of ways. This book examines food and food practices and their meanings in the contemporary world. It includes a number of approaches and topics and highlights aspects of food production, distribution, consumption and the discourse on food. Written by experts in the field, this book shows the everyday practices of food and focuses on the relationships between body, eating practices and food.