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Italians and Food

Palgrave Macmillan
  • The first book dedicated to Italians and food concentrating on contemporary issues, collecting sound empirical research grounded in a sociological, yet interdisciplinary, perspective

  • Grounds the unique argument within the current literature on localization/globalization and consumption

  • Uses first hand material from empirical research on trust, food markets and consumers in Italy and other European countries

Part of the book series: Consumption and Public Life (CUCO)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction: Food, Foodways and Italianicity

    • Roberta Sassatelli
    Pages 1-15
  3. Italian Diasporic Identities and Food

    • Simone Cinotto
    Pages 43-70
  4. Food Consumption and Food Activism in Italy

    • Carole Counihan
    Pages 101-125
  5. Cooks, Italianicity and the Culinary Field in Italy

    • Lorenzo Domaneschi
    Pages 151-180
  6. Not a Matter of Fame: Constructing the Local as Brand Value

    • Elisa A. G. Arfini, Roberta Sassatelli
    Pages 181-202
  7. The Carbonara-Gate: Food Porn and Gastro-Nationalism

    • Sebastiano Benasso, Luisa Stagi
    Pages 237-267
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 269-279

About this book

This book is a novel and original collection of essays on Italians and food. Food culture is central both to the way Italians perceive their national identity and to the consolidation of Italianicity in global context. More broadly, being so heavily symbolically charged, Italian foodways are an excellent vantage point from which to explore consumption and identity in the context of the commodity chain, and the global/local dialectic.

 

The contributions from distinguished experts cover a range of topics including food and consumer practices in Italy, cultural intermediators and foodstuff narratives, traditions of production and regional variation in Italian foodways, and representation of Italianicity through food in old and new media.

 

Although rooted in sociology, Italians and Food draws on literature from history, anthropology, semiotics and media studies, and will be of great interest to students and scholars of food studies, consumer culture, cultural sociology, and contemporary Italian studies.

Keywords

  • Consumer culture
  • Authenticity
  • Gastronomy
  • Sociology of food
  • Food and identity
  • Italian studies
  • Italianicity
  • Food studies

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Milan, Milan, Italy

    Roberta Sassatelli

About the editor

Roberta Sassatelli is Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan and Visiting Professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Bra, Italy. She has published widely on consumer cultures, cultural theory, visual methods, gender and the body. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Italians and Food

  • Editors: Roberta Sassatelli

  • Series Title: Consumption and Public Life

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15681-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-15680-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-15683-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-15681-7

  • Series ISSN: 2947-8227

  • Series E-ISSN: 2947-8235

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 279

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Philosophy of the Self, Sociology of Culture, European Culture

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-15681-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)