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Consumption in the Age of Affluence

The World of Food


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Consumption in the Age of Affluence by Ben Fine

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With growing affluence in the developed world, food has become an increasing focus for attention. This work argues that in order to understand the extensive and dramatic developments in the world of food, a new interdisciplinary approach is necessary. Aspects of the text include: a stress upon the importance of socioeconomic and cultural factors over diet, in influencing the production, marketing and consumption of different groups of foods; the placing of food systems theory on sound analytical foundations; the use of material from food systems literature; case studies from the sugar, dairy and meat industries; and the employment of statistical techniques to identify and explain distinct patterns of food consumption. This book aims to revitalize the discipline of food studies and point the way forward for the continuing study of food consumption. It is aimed at students, researchers and policymakers engaged in the world of food.
Release date NZ
December 28th, 1995
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
51 Tables, black and white
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