Food, Culture & Society

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 14:03
This article examines inmates’ nutritional and culinary choices within the Bolivian male prison of San Pedro. The analysis focuses on the daily meal offered by the institution and its complex semantic and symbolic ramifications. I show how the idea of contamination related to prison food is a powerful medium to establish an internal order within this self-governed prison. I look into the...
Wed, 03/24/2021 - 14:03
This paper critically engages with dynamics of the Chinese food safety governance infrastructure following the melamine crisis. It presents a qualitative analysis of 16 in-depth stakeholder interviews in Hunan, Hubei, and Henan. We reveal tensions between a segmented model of governance and a centralized model, between a centralized top-down model and stakeholder participation, and between a...
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:32
Maggie Dickinson’s Feeding the Crisis: Care and Abandonment in America’s Food Safety Net unravels the politics of hunger in the United States. With a focus on a North Brooklyn food pantry, Dickinson exposes the nonsensical methods government agencies use to control food access for those most needy. Frequently this control manifests in an arbitrary and capricious manner. I found the seven-chapter...
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 03:19
Food safety knowledge is created, validated, disseminated, and acted upon. It is conflicted, contextual, and contingent. The technology has a history, the knowledge has a history, and how everyday people interact with food safety ideas has a history. Taking three historical examples from Singapore – pure food advertising; anxiety about botulism; and the prohibition of saccharin – this paper...