Feasts, Fasts, Famine: Food for Thought

Feasts, Fasts, Famine: Food for Thought: Berg Occasional Papers in Anthropology

by Pat Caplan

Pat Caplan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Berg, 1994
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    978-1-3500-4470-8 (online)

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Feasts, Fasts, Famine: Food for Thought
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This study deals with three domains of food which raise complex epistemological, political and moral issues. Through an examination of a wide range of material drawn from anthropology, history, literature and political economy, the author discusses the relationship between food and entitlement, gender, notions of the body and development. Food is shown to be a powerful metaphor for our sense of self, our social and political relations, our cosmology and our global system.