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Alejandro Colas, Jason Edwards, Jane Levi, and Sami Zubaida

Food, Politics, and Society

Social Theory and the Modern Food System

University of California Press 2018

New Books in AnthropologyNew Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in FoodNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in SociologyNew Books Network March 20, 2019 Michael O. Johnston

The consumption of food and drink is much more than what we put in our mouth. Food and drink have been a focal point...

The consumption of food and drink is much more than what we put in our mouth. Food and drink have been a focal point of modern social theory since the inception of agrarian capitalism and the industrial revolution. The origins of food and drink are rather complex. The construction of food and drink as authentic to a specific region is even more complex. Join us for a discussion with Alex Colas, Jason Edwards, Jane Levi, and Sami Zubaida about their book Food, Politics, and Society: Social Theory and the Modern Food System (University of California Press, 2018). Together we will learn more about the history and sociology of how various ideas and practices shape human understanding and organization of the production, processing, preparation, serving, and consumption of food and drink in modern society. The authors divide this book into twelve chapters and draw on a wide range of historical and empirical illustrations to provide a concise, informed, and accessible survey of the interaction between social theory as well as food and drink. They provide a perfect interview for a wide range of discipline as long been a focal point of modern social theory.


Michael O. Johnston is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at William Penn University. He is currently conducting research on the placemaking associated with the development of farmers’ market.