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Consuming the Inedible

Neglected Dimensions of Food Choice

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Everyday, millions of people eat earth, clay, nasal mucus, and similar substances. Yet food practices like these are strikingly understudied in a sustained, interdisciplinary manner. This book aims to correct this neglect. Contributors, utilizing anthropological, nutritional, biochemical, psychological and health-related perspectives, examine in a rigorously comparative manner the consumption of foods conventionally regarded as inedible by most Westerners. This book is both timely and significant because nutritionists and health care professionals are seldom aware of anthropological information on these food practices, and vice versa. Ranging across diversity of disciplines Consuming the Inedible surveys scientific and local views about the consequences - biological, mineral, social or spiritual - of these food practices, and probes to what extent we can generalize about them.

Author Biography

Jeremy M. MacClancy is Professor of Anthropology, C. Jeya Henry is Professor of Nutrition and Helen M. Macbeth is an Honorary Research Fellow in Anthropology, all at Oxford Brookes University.
Release date Australia
December 6th, 2007
Contributors
Edited by C. Jeya Henry Edited by Helen M. Macbeth Edited by Jeremy MacClancy
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Berghahn Books
Pages
258
Dimensions
156x234x15
ISBN-13
9781845453534
Product ID
1937309

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