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Chocolate, Women and Empire
Author: Emma Robertson

ISBN: 9780719090059
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 17 July 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.4
Description:
From Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Joanne Harris' Chocolat, from romantic gift to guilty indulgence, chocolate has a special place in Western popular culture. But what are the hidden histories behind this luxurious commodity? This book examines chocolate production from cocoa bean to chocolate box, illuminating the dynamics of gender, race and empire which have structured the cocoa chain.

Using a varied range of sources, including oral histories, advertising material and archival documents, and drawing on the author's own relationship to the industry, this book reconnects the people and places at different stages of chocolate production from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Opening with a critique of familiar images of chocolate presented in adverts for products from Kit Kat to Black Magic, Emma Robertson stresses the need to recognise the complex histories of empire and labour which have made such pleasurable consumption possible. At the heart of the story are the lives of women workers at two key sites: the cocoa farms of Nigeria and the confectionery factories of Britain. Focusing particularly on the operations of t...

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