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Consuming the inedible : neglected dimensions of food choice

Author: Jeremy MacClancy; C J K Henry; Helen M Macbeth
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Berghahn Books, 2009.
Series: Anthropology of food and nutrition, v. 6.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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, inter-disciplinary 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  Read more...
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Consuming the inedible.
(OCoLC)326626794
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy MacClancy; C J K Henry; Helen M Macbeth
ISBN: 9780857455338 0857455338
OCLC Number: 873946675
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 242 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction : Considering the inedible, consuming the ineffable / Jeremy MacClancy, Helen Macbeth and Jeya Henry --
Evidence for the consumption of the inedible : who, what, when, where and why? / Sera L. Young --
Consuming the inedible : pica behaviour / Carmen Strungaru --
The concepts of food and non-food : perspectives from Spain / Isabel González Turmo --
Food definitions and boundaries : eating constraints and human identities / Ellen Messer --
A vile habit? the potential biological consequences of geophagia, with special attention to iron / Sera L. Young. The discovery of human zinc deficiency : a reflective journey back in time / Ananda S. Prasad --
Geophagia and human nutrition / Peter Hooda and Jeya Henry --
Consumption of materials with low nutritional value and bioactive properties : non-human primates vs. humans / Sabrina Krief --
Lime as the key element : a 'non-food' in food for subsistence / Ricardo Ávila, Martín Tena and Peter Hubbard --
Salt as a 'non-food': to what extent do gustatory perceptions determine non-food vs. food choices? / Claude Marcel Hladik. Non-food food during famine : the Athens famine survivor project / Antonia-Leda Matalas and Louis E. Grivetti --
Eating garbage : socially marginal food provisioning practices / Rachel Black --
Eating cat in the north of Spain in the early twentieth century / F. Xavier Medina --
Insects : forgotten and rediscovered as food. Entomophagy among the Eipo, highlands of West New Guinea, and in other traditional societies / Wulf Schiefenhövel and Paul Blum. Eating snot : socially unacceptable but common. Why? / María Jesús Portalatín --
Cannibalism : no myth, but why so rare? / Helen Macbeth, Wulf Schiefenhövel, and Paul Collinson --
From edible to inedible : social construction, family socialisation, and upbringing / Luis Cantarero --
The use of waste products in the fermentation of alcoholic beverages / Rodolfo Fernández and Daria Deraga --
Afterword : Earthy realism : geophagia in literature and art / Jeremy MacClancy.
Series Title: Anthropology of food and nutrition, v. 6.
Responsibility: edited by Jeremy MacClancy, Jeya Henry and Helen Macbeth.

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