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Interviews | Harry G. West and Celia Plender

An Interview with James C. Scott

On December 11, 2014, James C. Scott gave a Distinguished Lecture in the Food Studies Centre at SOAS, University of London. On the following day, Scott answered questions put to him by Harry G. West, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Food Studies Centre; Celia Plender, doctoral student in anthropology; and other SOAS students.

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From the Editor | Melissa L. Caldwell

Editor’s Letter, Fall 2015

This issue of Gastronomica presents a diverse collection of pieces that are meant to enlighten, provoke, and inspire. Above all, these are pieces that start with conventional wisdom about food, food studies, and food scholars, and then present alternatives that challenge how we think about food and practice food research.

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Issues | Volume 15 Number 3

Fall 2015

In this issue: An Interview with James C. Scott; Thinking Critically about Academic–Industry Collaborations; The Pastoral Imaginary of California’s (Non)Dairy Farming; Creative Reflections: Book Reviews, and more!

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From the Editor | Melissa L. Caldwell

Editor’s Letter, Summer 2015

It has become commonplace to think of food in terms of rights, including the right to access basic sustenance, the right to healthy food, and the right to culturally appropriate food. This idea that access to food is a right has been enshrined in the policies of many governments and organizations…

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Issues | Volume 15 Number 2

Summer 2015

In this issue: Gary Alan Fine And Christine Simonian Bean Explore Partisanship At American Political Banquets; Dylan Gottlieb Reviews The Yelp Review; Denisa Kera, Zackery Denfeld, And Cathrine Kramer Hack The Food System; Corina Zappia Presents The Five-Step Plan To Being Filipino; James Nolan Enjoys A Table For One; and more!

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ArticlesCreative Reflection | John Grossmann

The Thorniest Catch

Sitka, Alaska resident Jim Michener knows that spring has arrived by the sentinel smell of a natural phenomenon he compares to stampeding herds in the Serengeti or bygone sky-darkening flocks of passenger pigeons over the Midwest

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From the Editor | Melissa L. Caldwell

Editor’s Letter, Spring 2015

We at Gastronomica hope that you are ready for another series of insightful articles and inspiring images about the world of food. I am especially pleased that this first issue of 2015 features the inaugural Distinguished Lecture sponsored by our partnership with the University of London’s SOAS Food Studies Centre.

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Issues | Volume 15 Number 1

Spring 2015

In this issue: 2014 SOAS Distinguished Lecture; Taste-Based Medicine; Pomegranate and the Mediation of Balance in Early Medicine; Fear of “Foreign” Foods in Australian Media; Hard Labor in the Organic Potato Field; Creative Reflections, Reviews, and more!

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ArticlesReinvention of Food | Anne Meneley

Resistance Is Fertile!

The practices of everyday commensality—producing, provisioning, and consuming food and drink in the West Bank of Palestine—are radically affected by the Israeli occupation. I discuss two very different Palestinian initiatives that envision production and consumption of food and drink as a nonviolent means of resisting the occupation…

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From the Editor | Cristina Grasseni and Heather Paxson

Introducing a Special Issue on the Reinvention of Food

In 1970, Margaret Mead described American popular notions of nutrition as dominated by a dichotomy between “food that was ‘good for you, but not good’” and “food that was ‘good, but not good for you’”. But what, nowadays, makes food good?

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