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Articles | Anna Lavis

Food, Bodies, and the “Stuff” of (Not) Eating in Anorexia

With a focus on the materialities and immaterialities of bodies and food, this article explores (not) eating practices among individuals with anorexia. Through these it asks two key questions: How might an attention to material encounters between bodies and food offer insights into key aspects of the experience of anorexia? And, in turn, how does tracing these encounters within the specific context of anorexia enhance critical understandings of eating?

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Articles | Layla Eplett

For Oompa-Loompas, Orange Was the New Black

Everlasting Gobstoppers, Scarlet Scorchdroppers, and Glumptious Globgobblers were not the only things sugarcoated in Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” There may have been more beneath the sweet exterior of this classic children’s book.

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Articles | Maywa Montenegro

Banking on Wild Relatives to Feed the World

Crop wild relatives, the progenitors and kin of domesticated crop species, promise breeders a potent weapon against climate change. Having evolved outside the pampered environs of farms, wild relatives tend to be more rugged to survive temperature, salt, floods, and drought—all the extremes characteristic of a warming planet. But who will benefit from re-wilded crops? What kinds of agricultural systems will they tend to support? And can wild relatives be protected before they are lost under pavement, desertification, and expanding industrial farms?

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ArticlesInterviews | 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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Articles | 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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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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