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Eating Together: Food, Friendship, and Inequality

Alice P. Julier


An insightful map of the landscape of social meals, this book argues that the ways in which Americans eat together play a central role in social life in the United States. Delving into a wide range of research, the author analyzes etiquette and entertaining books from the past century and conducts interviews and observations of dozens of African American and non-ethnic white hosts and guests at dinner parties, potlucks, and buffets. It finds that when people invite friends, neighbors, or family members to share meals within their households, social inequalities involving race, economics, and g ... More

Keywords: social meals, eating together, U.S. social life, social inequality, dinner party, potluck, buffet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037634
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice P. Julier, author
Chatham University