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Eating beside Ourselves: Thresholds of Foods and Bodies

edited by Heather Paxson

Duke University Press, 2023


Paper: 978-1-4780-1943-5

Cloth: 978-1-4780-1678-6

eISBN: 978-1-4780-2406-4

OA eISBN: 978-1-4780-9311-4

About the Book
Eating beside Ourselves examines eating as a site of transfer and transformation across bodies and selves. The contributors show that by turning organic substance into food, acts of eating create interconnected food webs organized by relative conditions of edibility through which eaters may in turn become eaten. In case studies ranging from nineteenth- and twentieth-century industrial animal husbandry in the United States, biodynamic winemaking in Aotearoa New Zealand, and reindeer herding in Arctic Norway to the creation of taste sensation in pet food and the entanglement of sugar and diabetes in the Caribbean, the contributors explore how food and eating create thresholds for human and nonhuman relations. These thresholds mediate different conditions and states of being: between living and dying, between the edible and the inedible, and the relationship between living organisms and their surrounding environment. In this way, acts of eating and the process of metabolism partake in the making and unmaking of multispecies ontologies, taxonomies, and ecologies.

Contributors. Alex Blanchette, Deborah Heath, Hannah Landecker, Marianne Elisabeth Lien, Amy Moran-Thomas, Heather Paxson, Harris Solomon, Emily Yates-Doerr, Wim Van Daele
About the Author
Heather Paxson is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America and Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece.
"This book offers both approachable case studies and provocations for academic conversation across disciplines, such as environmental and medical ethics or human geography and global justice. . . . Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals."

-- S. M. Weiss Choice
Food habits, Bodies, Nutrition policy, Thresholds, Foods, Public Policy, Cultural & Social, Social aspects, Anthropology, Political Science, Social Science
Open Access Information

Label: Duke University

License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0