Researching Food Habits: Methods and Problems

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Principal Lecturer in Anthropology Helen Macbeth, Helen M. Macbeth, Jeremy MacClancy
Berghahn Books, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 214 pages

The term 'Anthropology of Food' has become an accepted abbreviation for the study of anthropological perspectives on food, diet and nutrition, an increasingly important subdivision of anthropology that encompasses a rich variety of perspectives, academic approaches, theories, and methods. Its multi-disciplinary nature adds to its complexity. This is the first publication to offer guidance for researchers working in this diverse and expanding field of anthropology.

 

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Contents

How to do Anthropologies of Food
1
Anthropology of Food and Pluridisciplinarity
15
Definitions Concepts and Methods in the Ethnobotany
29
Food Identity Identification
63
Why Bother to do Imperfect Research?
75
Dietary Intake Methods in the Anthropology of Food
119
A Macrosurvey Technique
135
The Concept of Energy Balance and the Quantification
149
Methods for Obtaining Quantitative Data on Food Habits
161
Reconstructing Diets for Compensation for Nuclear Testing
169
Revitalising
181
Some Final Hints
193
Index
205
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About the author (2004)

Jeremy MacClancy is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Anthropology Department, Oxford Brookes University. He is also Chair of ICAF (UK), author of Consuming Culture, and prize-winning investigator of Basque cuisine.