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Researching Food Habits


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List of Figures List of Tables Preface List of Contributors Introduction: How to do Anthropologies of Food Jeremy MacClancy and Helen Macbeth Chapter 1. Anthropology of Food and Pluridisciplinarity Igor de Garine Chapter 2. Definitions, Concepts and Methods in the Ethnobotany of Food Plants Attila T. Szabo Chapter 3. Qualitative Research in the Anthropology of Food: A Comprehensive Qualitative/Quantitative Approach Annie Hubert Chapter 4. 'Tell me what you eat and you will tell me who you are': Methodological Notes on the Interaction between Researcher and Informants in the Anthropology of Food F. Xavier Medina Chapter 5. Food, Identity, Identification Jeremy MacClancy Chapter 6. Doing it Wrong: Why Bother to do Imperfect Research? Gerald Mars and Valerie Mars Chapter 7. Methods for Assessing Taste Abilities and Hedonic Responses in Human and Nonhuman Primates Bruno Simmen, Patrick Pasquet and Claude Marcel Hladik Chapter 8. Researching Food Preferences: Methods and Problems for Anthropologists Helen Macbeth and Fiona Mowatt Chapter 9. Dietary Intake Methods in the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition Stanley J. Ulijaszek Chapter 10. Studying Food Intake Frequency: A Macrosurvey Technique for Anthropologists Jeya Henry and Helen Macbeth Chapter 11. The Concept of Energy Balance and the Quantification of Time Allocation and Energy Expenditure Patrick Pasquet Chapter 12. Methods for Obtaining Quantitative Data on Food Habits in the First Half of the Twentieth Century Isabel Gonzalez Turmo and Jose Mataix Verdu Chapter 13. Reconstructing Diets for Compensation for Nuclear Testing in Rongelap, Marshall Islands Nancy J. Pollock Chapter 14. Food, Culture, Political and Economic Identity: Revitalising the Food-systems Perspective in the Study of Food-based Identity Ellen Messer Epilogue: Some Final Hints Helen Macbeth and Jeremy MacClancy Glossary Index

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Helen Macbeth is Chair of ICAF (Europe) and Honorary Research Fellow of the Anthropology Department, Oxford Brookes University. Jeremy MacClancy is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Anthropology Department, Oxford Brookes University. He is also Chair of ICAF (UK), author of Consuming Culture, and prize-winning investigator of Basque cuisine.


This is a useful and challenging collection. In many places, it has relevance beyond research into food habits and even beyond applied research into food habits and even beyond applied research, and parts could be usefully employed in general research methods training.A" * Anthropological Notebooks ... represents a chest of intellectual tools for would-be researchers to pick up and use and develop as interest in the topic continues to rise.A" * This book makes an interesting and useful contribution to the somewhat sparse list of texts on the methods of nutritional anthropology.A" * Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

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