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Food Cults - How Fads, Dogma, and Doctrine Influence Diet (Hardcover) Loot Price: R1,180 Discovery Miles 11 800
Food Cults - How Fads, Dogma, and Doctrine Influence Diet (Hardcover): Kima Cargill
Food Cults - How Fads, Dogma, and Doctrine Influence Diet (Hardcover): Kima Cargill

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Food Cults - How Fads, Dogma, and Doctrine Influence Diet (Hardcover)

Kima Cargill

Series: Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy

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What do we mean when we call any group a cult? Defining that term is a slippery proposition - the word cult is provocative and arguably pejorative. Does it necessarily refer to a religious group? A group with a charismatic leader? Or something darker and more sinister? Because beliefs and practices surrounding food often inspire religious and political fervor, as well as function to unite people into insular groups, it is inevitable that "food cults" would emerge. Studying the extreme beliefs and practices of such food cults allows us to see the ways in which food serves as a nexus for religious beliefs, sexuality, death anxiety, preoccupation with the body, asceticism, and hedonism, to name a few. In contrast to religious and political cults, food cults have the added dimension of mediating cultural trends in nutrition and diet through their membership. Should we then consider raw foodists, many of whom believe that cooked food is poison, a type of food cult? What about paleo diet adherents or those who follow a restricted calorie diet for longevity? Food Cults explores these questions by looking at domestic and international, contemporary and historic food communities characterized by extreme nutritional beliefs or viewed as "fringe" movements by mainstream culture. While there are a variety of accounts of such food communities across disciplines, this collection pulls together these works and explains why we gravitate toward such groups and the social and psychological functions they serve. This volume describes how contemporary and historic food communities come together and foment fanaticism, judgment, charisma, dogma, passion, longevity, condemnation and exaltation.

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Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Country of origin: United States
Series: Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy
Release date: December 2016
Authors: Kima Cargill
Dimensions: 229 x 152mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 278
ISBN-13: 978-1-4422-5131-1
Barcode: 9781442251311
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LSN: 1-4422-5131-X

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