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Bread - (Object Lessons) by Scott Cutler Shershow (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 168

Genre: Social Science

Series Title: Object Lessons

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Author: Scott Cutler Shershow

Language: English

Street Date: July 28, 2016
TCIN: 51407295
UPC: 9781501307447
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-9699


Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Bread is an object that is always in process of becoming something else: flower to grain, grain to dough, dough to loaf, loaf to crumb. Bread is also often a figure or vehicle of social cohesion: from the homely image of "breaking bread together" to the mysteries of the Eucharist. But bread also commonly figures in social conflict - sometimes literally, in the "bread riots" that punctuate European history, and sometimes figuratively, in the ways bread operates as ethnic, religious or class signifier. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from the scriptures to modern pop culture, Bread tells the story of how this ancient and everyday object serves as a symbol for both social communion and social exclusion.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

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