The Psychopolitics of Food: Culinary Rites of Passage in the Neoliberal Age Mihalis Mentinis

ISBN: 9781138182561

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The Psychopolitics of Food: Culinary Rites of Passage in the Neoliberal Age  by  Mihalis Mentinis

The Psychopolitics of Food: Culinary Rites of Passage in the Neoliberal Age by Mihalis Mentinis
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The Psychopolitics of Food probes into the contemporary foodscape, examining culinary practices and food habits and in particular the ways in which they conflate with neoliberal political economy. It suggests that generic alimentary and culinaryMoreThe Psychopolitics of Food probes into the contemporary foodscape, examining culinary practices and food habits and in particular the ways in which they conflate with neoliberal political economy. It suggests that generic alimentary and culinary practices constitute technologies of the self and the body and argues that the contemporary preoccupation with food takes the form of rites of passage that express and mark the transition from a specific stage of neoliberal development to another vis-a-vis a reconfiguration of the alimentary and sexual regimes.Even though these rites of passage are taking place on the borders of cultural bi-polarities, their function, nevertheless, is precisely to define these borders as sites of a neoliberal transitional demand- that is, to produce a cultural bifurcation between eating orders and eating dis-orders, by promoting and naturalising certain social logics while simultaneously rendering others as abject and anachronistic.Based on the idea of the culinary/alimentary rites of passage, the approach of the book is interdisciplinary, drawing as it does on several theoretical resources from anthropology and sociology to psychoanalysis and critical psychology, in addition to being methodologically pluralistic.

The book is a worthwhile read for researchers and advanced scholars in the areas of food studies, critical psychology, anthropology and sociology.



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