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Fashioning Appetite
Author: Joanne Finkelstein

ISBN: 9781780762630
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 15 November 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9 x 2.4
Description:
It can no longer be said that we are just what we eat. In the contested sphere of gastronomy divided between the golden arches of McDonalds and the prized stars of Michelin where personal identity is expressed through a frenetic quest for socially-approved tastes and distinctions, where, when, how and with whom we eat has become just as fundamental in defining who we are. In this follow-on to her classic 1989 work "Dining Out: A Sociology of Modern Manners", Joanne Finkelstein takes a fragment of social life, dining out in restaurants, and uses it to examine the nature and meaning of manners and social relations in the modern world. This book examines how body images on billboards, social documentaries on the human and environmental cost of food and the abundance of choice in cosmopolitan and crowded cities contribute to a culture in which every forkful is weighted with meaning. When food is fetishised and identity is a capitalist commodity, the social solitude of the restaurant may be read as a semiotic realm where the satisfaction of appetite becomes both pleasure and torment. "Fashioning Appetite" explores the restaurant as a liminal space where...

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