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Dangerous Digestion : The Politics of American Dietary Advice (Paperback) (E. Melanie Dupuis)

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Throughout American history, ingestion (eating) has functioned as a metaphor for interpreting and imagining this society and its political systems. Discussions of American freedom itself are pervaded with ingestive metaphors of choice (what to put in) and control (what to keep out). From the country's founders to the abolitionists to the social activists of today, those seeking to form and reform American society have cast their social-change goals in ingestive terms of choice and control. But they have realized their metaphors in concrete terms as well, purveying specific advice to the public about what to eat or not. These conversations about "social change as eating" reflect American ideals of freedom, purity, and virtue.Drawing on social and political history as well as the history of science and popular culture,Dangerous Digestion examines how American ideas about dietary reform mirror broader thinking about social reform. Inspired by new scientific studies of the human body as a metabiomea collaboration of species rather than an isolated, intact, protected, and bounded individualE. Melanie DuPuis reimagines the American body politic through a new metaphordigestionopening social transformations to ideas of mixing, fermentation, and collaboration. In doing so, the author explores how social activists can rethink politics as inclusive processes that involve the inherently risky mixing of cultures, standpoints, and ideas.
"Throughout American history, ingestion (eating) has functioned as a metaphor for interpreting and imagining this society and its political systems. Discussions of American freedom itself are pervaded with ingestive metaphors of choice (what to put in) and control (what to keep out). From the country's founders to the abolitionists to the social activists of today, those seeking to form and reform American society have cast their social-change goals in ingestive terms of choice and control. But they haverealized their metaphors in concrete terms as well, purveying specific advice to the public about what to eat or not. These conversations about 'social change as eating' reflect American ideals of freedom, purity, and virtue. Drawing on social and political history as well as the history of science and popular culture, Dangerous Digestion examines how American ideas about dietary reform mirror broader thinking about social reform. Inspired by new scientific studies of the human body as a metabiome--a collaboration of species rather than an isolated, intact, protected, and bounded individual--E. Melanie DuPuis reimagines the American body politic through a new metaphor--digestion--opening social transformations to ideas of mixing, fermentation, and collaboration. In doing so, the author explores how social activists can rethink politics as inclusive processes that involve the inherently risky mixing of cultures, standpoints, and ideas"--Provided by publisher.
Number of Pages: 213
Genre: Cooking + Food + Wine, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Regional + Ethnic / General, History, Sociology / General
Series Title: California Studies in Food and Culture
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: E. Melanie Dupuis
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 2015
TCIN: 46761432
UPC: 9780520287488
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-7182
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