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Eating Right in America

The Cultural Politics of Food & Health
Biltekoff, Charlotte (Book - 2013)
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This work is a powerful critique of dietary reform in the United States from the late nineteenth-century emergence of nutritional science through the contemporary alternative food movement and campaign against obesity. Here the author analyzes the discourses of dietary reform, including the writings of reformers, as well as the materials they created to bring their messages to the public. She shows that while the primary aim may be to improve health, the process of teaching people to "eat right" in the U.S. inevitably involves shaping certain kinds of subjects and citizens, and shoring up the identity and social boundaries of the ever-threatened American middle class. Without discounting the pleasures of food or the value of wellness, the author advocates a critical reappraisal of our obsession with diet as a proxy for health. Based on her understanding of the history of dietary reform, she argues that talk about "eating right" in America too often obscures structural and environmental stresses and constraints, while naturalizing the dubious redefinition of health as an individual responsibility and imperative -- From publisher's website.
Authors: Biltekoff, Charlotte, 1970-
Title: Eating right in America
the cultural politics of food & health
Publisher: Durham :, Duke University Press,, 2013.
Characteristics: 208 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The cultural politics of dietary health
Scientific moralization and the beginning of modern dietary reform
Anxiety and aspiration on the nutrition front
From microscopes to "macroscopes"
Thinness as health, self-control, and citizenship
Connecting the dots : dietary reform past, present, and future.
Summary: This work is a powerful critique of dietary reform in the United States from the late nineteenth-century emergence of nutritional science through the contemporary alternative food movement and campaign against obesity. Here the author analyzes the discourses of dietary reform, including the writings of reformers, as well as the materials they created to bring their messages to the public. She shows that while the primary aim may be to improve health, the process of teaching people to "eat right" in the U.S. inevitably involves shaping certain kinds of subjects and citizens, and shoring up the identity and social boundaries of the ever-threatened American middle class. Without discounting the pleasures of food or the value of wellness, the author advocates a critical reappraisal of our obsession with diet as a proxy for health. Based on her understanding of the history of dietary reform, she argues that talk about "eating right" in America too often obscures structural and environmental stresses and constraints, while naturalizing the dubious redefinition of health as an individual responsibility and imperative -- From publisher's website.
Local Note: 29 53 118
ISBN: 0822355590
9780822355595
0822355442
9780822355441
Statement of Responsibility: Charlotte Biltekoff
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-198) and index.
Subject Headings: Food habits United States. Diet United States. Nutrition United States.
Topical Term: Food habits
Diet
Nutrition
LCCN: 2013013823
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