Fast food/organic food: Reflexive tastes and the making of 'yuppie chow'

  title={Fast food/organic food: Reflexive tastes and the making of 'yuppie chow'},
  author={Julie Guthman},
  journal={Social \& Cultural Geography},
  pages={45 - 58}
  • J. Guthman
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Art
  • Social & Cultural Geography
Organic food consumption is one of several new trends in eating read as active opposition to industrialized food provision. While fast food consumption is characterized by compulsive gluttony, manifest in fat bodies, alternative consumption practices are seen to be driven by conscious reflexivity, such that consumers monitor, reflect upon and adapt their personal conduct in light of its perceived consequences. The purpose of this paper is two-fold. One is to examine the evolution of organic… 

Foods of Association: Biocultural Perspectives on Food and Beverages that Mediate Sociability

Nina Etkin covers a wealth of topics, exploring human evolutionary history, the Slow Food movement, ritual and ceremonial foods, caffeinated beverages, spices, the street foods of Hawaii and northern Nigeria, and even bottled water.

Reflexivity and the Whole Foods Market consumer: the lived experience of shopping for change

There has been widespread academic and popular debate about the transformative potential of consumption choices, particularly food shopping. While popular food media is optimistic about “shopping for

Ethical eating as experienced by consumers and producers: When good food meets good farmers

  • M. Carolan
  • Economics
    Journal of Consumer Culture
  • 2020
This article engages with two rich but largely disparate research traditions: one looks at ethical consumption, that is, constructions and contestations around good food, while the other interrogates

Bringing good food to others: investigating the subjects of alternative food practice

Under the banner of food justice, the last few years has seen a profusion of projects focused on selling, donating, bringing or growing fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods inhabited by

A local genie in an imported bottle: Ayurvedic commodities and healthy eating in North India

ABSTRACT Many health-conscious Indians consume products sold under the label of Ayurveda – a South Asian tradition which promotes health and longevity through medicine, proper lifestyle, and diet.

Class, food, culture: exploring 'alternative' food consumption

Contributing empirically, methodologically and conceptually to the body of work that remains unconvinced of the ‘death of class’ (Pahl 1989), this thesis explores the resonance of class culture in

Gender, Consumption and the Relocalisation of Food: A Research Agenda

This article adopts a gendered approach to the study of alternative/local food consumption. Drawing on Allen and Sachs' three analytical domains, the article explores material, sociocultural and

What’s good to eat? Moral economy of children’s food in Poland’s capital

Abstract The heightened tensions around what children eat, that occur in many places of the world, signify a changing moral economy of children’s food. Together with food, many emotions and

Between careful and crazy: the emotion work of feeding the family in an industrialized food system

ABSTRACT Mothers are under tremendous pressure to feed children wholesome meals – a job that requires careful attention to every ingredient on a child’s plate. They are also urged to restrain how



Not in my body: BGH and the rise of organic milk

The advent of rBGH (recombinant bovinegrowth hormone) has spurred the establishment of anorganic milk industry. The food systems/commoditychain analytical framework cannot fully explain therise of

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

New York Times Bestseller "Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.

Behind each song is a story -like Paul's criticism of George's guitar playing during the Rubber Soul sessions, John's acid trip during the Sgt. Pepper's session, and the selection process for the Revolver album cover.

Revolution at the table: the transformation of the American diet.

This book examines the changes in diet and food habits of Americans that took place from 1880 to 1930. The best known change was decreasing calorie intake and the increasing concern with obesity.

Eating Out. Social Differentiation, Consumption and Pleasure

Acknowledgements List of figures List of tables List of boxes 1. The study and its rationale Part I. Modes of Provision: 2. The development of the habit of eating out in the UK 3. The meanings of

Consuming Geographies: We Are Where We Eat

In explaining why, until very recently, food and eating have received less analytical attention from sociologists than from scholars in neighboring disciplines, Alan Beardsworth and Teresa Keil

Regulating Meaning, Appropriating Nature: The Codification of California Organic Agriculture

In California, conventional agro-food firms are beginning to appropriate the most lucrative aspects of organic food provision and to abandon the agronomic and marketing practices associated with

Re-naturalizing sugar: Narratives of place, production and consumption

This article analyses the inter-relationships among food consumption practices, marketers' representations of sugar, and the history and political economy of sugar production. It focuses on the