Doing Nutrition Differently: Critical Approaches to Diet and Dietary Intervention

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Allison Hayes-Conroy, Jessica Hayes-Conroy
Ashgate, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 306 pages
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'Hegemonic nutrition' is produced and proliferated by a wide variety of social institutions such as mainstream nutrition science, clinical nutrition as well as those less classically linked such as life science/agro-food companies, the media, family, education, religion and the law. The collective result is an approach to and practice of nutrition that alleges not only one single, clear-cut and consented-upon set of rules for 'healthy eating, ' but also tacit criteria for determining individual fault, usually some combination of lack of education, motivation, and unwillingness to comply. Offering a collection of critical, interdisciplinary replies and responses to the matter of 'hegemonic nutrition' this book presents contributions from a wide variety of perspectives; nutrition professionals and lay people, academics and activists, adults and youth, indigenous, Chicana/o, Latina/o, Environmentalist, Feminist and more. The critical commentary collectively asks for a different, more attentive, and more holistic practice of nutrition. Most importantly, this volume demonstrates how this 'new' nutrition is actually already being performed in small ways across the American continent. In doing so, the volume empowers diverse knowledges, histories, and practices of nutrition that have been marginalized, re-casts the objectives of dietary intervention, and most broadly, attempts to revolutionize the way that nutrition is done.

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Allison Hayes-Conroy received her PhD in geography from Clark University and her MA in geography from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. She has authored two books on the culture and politics of food and agriculture, as well a number of papers on the visceral politics of food. Her current research centers on food security in Medellin, Colombia. Jessica Hayes-Conroy received her PhD in geography and women┐s studies from Penn State University and her MA in geography from the University of Vermont. She recently served a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies and Women┐s Studies at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She is currently an assistant professor of Women┐s Studies at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges. She has authored papers on alternative food, visceral geography, and political ecology. Her current research centers on critical perspectives of nutrition intervention.

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