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A Taste of Progress

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A Taste of Progress

Food at International and World Exhibitions in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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A Taste of Progress by Nelleke Teughels
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World exhibitions have been widely acknowledged as important sources for understanding the development of the modern consumer and urbanized society, yet whilst the function and purpose of architecture at these major events has been well-studied, the place of food has received very little attention. Food played a crucial part in the lived experience of the exhibitions: for visitors, who could acquaint themselves with the latest food innovations, exotic cuisines and 'traditional' dishes; for officials attending lavish banquets; for the manufacturers who displayed their new culinary products; and for scientists who met to discuss the latest technologies in food hygiene. Food stood as a powerful semiotic device for communicating and maintaining conceptions of identity, history, traditions and progress, of inclusion and exclusion, making it a valuable tool for researching the construction of national or corporate sentiments. Combining recent developments in food studies and the history of major international exhibitions, this volume provides a refreshing alternative view of these international and intercultural spectacles.

Author Biography

Nelleke Teughels is Postdoctoral Researcher in Social and Cultural Food Studies and Peter Scholliers is Professor of History and Director of Research in Social and Cultural Food Studies, both at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Release date NZ
October 28th, 2015
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
348
ISBN-13
9781472441836
Product ID
27787660

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