Food and Culture: A Reader by Carole Counihan, Penny Van Esterik

By Carole Counihan, Penny Van Esterik

The vintage book that helped to outline and legitimize the sector of nutrients and tradition stories is now to be had, with significant revisions, in a specifically reasonable e-book version (978-0-203-07975-1).

The third edition comprises forty original essays and reprints of formerly released classics less than five Sections: FOUNDATIONS, HEGEMONY AND distinction, intake AND EMBODIMENT, nutrients AND GLOBALIZATION, and CHALLENGING, CONTESTING, and reworking THE foodstuff SYSTEM.


17 of the forty articles incorporated are both, new to this variation, rewritten via their unique authors, or edited by means of Counihan and van Esterik.

A financial institution of test goods applicable to every article within the publication is on the market to teachers attracted to picking out this variation for direction use. easily ship an e.mail to the writer at [email protected]

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The Mediterranean was an area of rain-fed agriculture (seen as a critical advantage for Europe by other Eurocentric writers such as Mann50 ), specializing in the cultivation of olive trees, whereas the river valleys of Egypt and Mesopotamia needed a complex social organization to make the irrigation systems work. But as Finley recognizes the Greeks under Alexander (d. 323 ) and later on the Romans controlled precisely those irrigated areas and to the north of the Mediterranean developed great expertise in water control, though not mainly for farming.

The notion of a period of illiteracy between the late Bronze Age and the Iron Age in Greece has been contested by Bernal,21 who sees the West Semitic alphabet as having been diffused in the Aegean before 1400  and as therefore overlapping with Linear B. He suggests that documents must have survived from that period but none have yet been discovered; papyrus is subject to serious decay in European climates. However, he recognizes that there was ‘considerable cultural regression’ between the twelfth and the eighth centuries, after the collapse of the Mycenean palace cultures.

The notion of Asiatic despotism and collective ownership follows nineteenth-century ideas of the east, criticism of which appears in chapter 4 as well as under politics below. So too with the idea of dominance, thought of as related to water control. While it is true that the river valleys with their fertile soils gave exceptional yields and came to be of central importance, Mesopotamia included many rainfed areas, just as the production of olives was especially important in North Africa, around Carthage for example.

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