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Eating TogetherFood, Friendship, and Inequality$
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Alice P. Julier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037634

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037634.001.0001

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Feeding Friends and Others

Feeding Friends and Others

(p.1) 1. Feeding Friends and Others
Eating Together

Alice P. Julier

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book offers a partial and preliminary map of the landscape of social meals. It focuses on one particular type of sociable activity, the shared meal—and more narrowly, the shared meal that occurs in households and includes non-kin. It explores some of the moral discourses and texts that shape the understanding of food and social life in the United States. The majority of this narrative is organized around stories told by a small sample of people who held dinner parties, potlucks, brunches, buffets, and other uncategorizable social meals. The meals and relationships they describe are tied up in particular understandings of difference and inequality, understandings that emerge from the historical and contemporary configuration of gender, race, and class.

Keywords:   social meals, shared meals, social life, inequality, difference

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