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Food, ethics and identity

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By John McMillan, John Coveney

Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-921729-02-7
Pages: ii+126



John McMillan
Associate Professor in Ethics, Law and Professionalism. Flinders University, Adelaide

John Coveney
Associate Professor in Ethics, Law and Professionalism, Flinders University, Adelaide

A special issue on food, ethics and identity, and their impacts on health, is timely since rising food costs, drought, an increasing focus upon prevention of chronic disease through adoption of healthy lifestyles, and ethical considerations in relation to food production and transport, all call into question consumer capacity to make and feel confident in food choices.

Food, ethics and identity provides an insight into the ways in which discourses on food create subject positions and ethical spaces within which individuals construct identities for themselves, their families and communities. Each paper provides an example of an approach or methodology that unpacks food and eating from a social perspective. While papers with a food-related focus have been published before in Health Sociology Review, this is the first time that a special edition on the topic has been compiled. Clearly, from the interest shown in this subject and it sociological implications, it will not be the last.

Table of Contents

Editorial: What took you so long? Sociology's recent foray into food
John McMillan, John Coveney

Fostering a hunger for health: Food and the self in ‘The Australian Women's Weekly'
Tanja Schneider, Teresa Davis

Between provisioning and consuming?: Children, mothers and ‘childhood obesity'
JaneMaree Maher, Suzanne Fraser, Jo M Lindsay

Being ‘thick' indicates you are eating, you are healthy and you have an attractive body shape: Perspectives on fatness and food choice amongst Black and White men and women in Canada
Sventlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic, Kirsten Bell, Gwen E Chapman, Brenda L Beagan

I'm not dieting, ‘I'm doing it for science': Masculinities and the experience of dieting.
Anna Mallyon, Mary Holmes, John Coveney, Maria Zadoroznyj

Habits of a lifetime: Family dining patterns over the lifecourse of older Australians
Cathy Banwell, Jane Dixon, Dorothy H Broom, Anna Davies

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