Unjacketed Hardcover

Food and Power

A Culinary Ethnography of Israel

Nir Avieli (Author)

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Unjacketed Hardcover, 256 pages
ISBN: 9780520290099
December 2017
$85.00, £70.95
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Food and Power is about the ways in which power is produced, reproduced, negotiated, and subverted in the Israeli culinary sphere. Drawing on multi-sited ethnography conducted in Israel since the late 1990s, the book deals with different culinary issues and controversies in contemporary Israel, such as the definition of Israeli cuisine, the ownership over Hummus, the privatization of communal Kibbutz dining rooms, or the food at a military prison for Palestinian detainees. Food and Power shows how cooking and eating participate in the creation of ambivalence when it comes to questions of strength and weakness, and how power and victimization are mixed into a sense of self-justification that maintains internal cohesion and coherence among Israeli-Jews. 
Nir Avieli is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University, Israel.

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