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Mass consumption : scientific fact-(un)making in popular diet literature

by Sean R Scheiderer

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Mass consumption : Scientific Fact-(Un)Making in Popular Diet Literature   (2012-02-22)

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by trashawk

Uses the tools of both Comparative Literature and Science & Technology Studies to explore the rich rhetoric of dieting. The main analysis discovers the strategic similarities and differences between the mainstream nutritional thinking in "Dieting for Dummies" by Jane Kirby (Registered Dietician) versus the fringe science of Dr. Atkin's low-carb diet. Written at the height of the low-carbohydrate craze, Scheiderer avoids discussing the efficacy of any diet, and is instead interested in the tension authors must negotiate between establishing scientific fact and owning something salable. Theorists utilized by Scheiderer include Bruno Latour, Thomas Kuhn, and Stephen Jay Gould. A fun, easy-to-read romp through culture and philosophy. Scheiderer received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Comparative Studies in Science & Technology from the Ohio State University. He also attended Ohio Wesleyan University and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State.




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