Shared Wealth and Symbol: Food, Culture, and Society in Oceania and Southeast Asia

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Lenore Manderson
Cambridge University Press, Dec 26, 1986 - Social Science - 314 pages
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This 1987 volume brought together for the first time a range of essays on the anthropology of food in Oceania and Southeast Asia. The essays reflect research in the field, primarily that undertaken by Australian scholars. The volume focuses on four main concerns: factors that influence the production of food and dietary behaviour; the way in which people think and speak about diet and nutrition, including concepts of hunger and the classification of foods; infant feeding practice, including the promotion of bottle feeding; and the roles of government agencies and multinational corporations. The regional focus of the volume also allows for discussion of common trends, especially those that have arisen as a result of societies in the region having been incorporated into the world economy. Applicable elsewhere in the world, the volume offers a basis for a comparative analysis of food in culture and society.
 

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Contents

Men women work and group nutrition in
29
the changing meaning
49
Dietary change among Cook Islanders
67
competing or complementary
87
the cultural definition
111
Food classification and restriction in Peninsular
127
Classification of food from a Groote Eylandt
144
the variables
165
myths mysteries
237
a biological perspective
273
Bibliography
283
Index
298
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