Foodies: Democracy and Distinction in the Gourmet Foodscape.pdf
This important cultural analysis tells two stories about food. The first depicts good food as democratic. Foodies frequent 'hole in the wall' ethnic eateries, appreciate the pie found in working-class truck stops, and reject the snobbery of fancy French restaurants with formal table service. The second story describes how food operates as a source of status and distinction for economic and cultural elites, indirectly maintaining and reproducing social inequality. While the first storyline insists that anybody can be a foodie, the second asks foodies to look in the mirror and think about their relative social and economic privilege. By simultaneously considering both of these stories, and studying how they operate in tension, a delicious sociology of food becomes available, perfect for teaching a broad range of cultural sociology courses.
Josee Johnston is associate professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Her major substantive interest is the sociological study of food, which is a lens for investigating questions relating to consumer culture, politics, gender and the environment. She has a forthcoming book with Kate Cairns entitled Food and Femininity (Bloomsbury). Shyon Baumann is associate professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. He studies questions of cultural evaluation, legitimation, and classification. In addition to the study of gourmet food, he has investigated these questions in the realms of Hollywood films, television advertising, and ethical consumption.
Introduction: Entering the Delicious World of Foodies 1. Foodies, Omnivores and Discourse 2. Eating Authenticity 3. The Culinary Other: Seeking Exoticism 4. Foodie Politics: This is one delicious revolution 5. Class and its Absence 6. Caring about Food: Doing Gender in the Foodie Kitchen Conclusion. Foodie Continuity, Change, and Moral Ambiguity