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Food, National Identity and Nationalism

From Everyday to Global Politics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Atsuko Ichijo, Ronald Ranta
      Pages 1-18
  3. Unofficial/Bottom-Up: Nationalism and National Identity through Food Away from the State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Atsuko Ichijo, Ronald Ranta
      Pages 21-42
    3. Atsuko Ichijo, Ronald Ranta
      Pages 43-60
  4. Official/Top-Down: The Nation-State, Food and Nationalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Atsuko Ichijo, Ronald Ranta
      Pages 85-106
    3. Atsuko Ichijo, Ronald Ranta
      Pages 107-124
  5. Food and Nationalism/National Identity at the Global Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Atsuko Ichijo, Ronald Ranta
      Pages 127-145
    3. Atsuko Ichijo, Ronald Ranta
      Pages 146-163
    4. Atsuko Ichijo, Ronald Ranta
      Pages 164-170
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-196

About this book


Exploring a much neglected area, the relationship between food and nationalism, this book examines a number of case studies at various levels of political analysis to show how useful the food and nationalism axis can be in the study of politics.


Food cuisine nationalism national identity globalisation everyday nationalism banal nationalism national branding gastrodipolmacy gastronationalism norms and values international organisations globalization identity Nation organization politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Kingston UniversityUK

About the authors

Atsuko Ichijo is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Kingston University, UK. Her research focuses on various aspects of nationalism. She is the author of Nationalism and Multiple Modernities: Europe and Beyond (2013) and is a member of the editorial team of Nations and Nationalism.

Ronald Ranta is a Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics, Kingston University, UK. His research areas include foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the politics of food, and the study of nationalism. He is the author of Political Decision Making and Non-Decisions (2015) and From the Arab Other to the Israeli Self (2015).

Bibliographic information


'This impressive volume comprehensively and insightfully explores connections between food and nationalism against a backdrop of nationalist politics and global capitalism. Food is the ultimate site for the domestication of the nation. From invented food traditions to symbolic struggles over food's national authenticity and from food consumption and production to its national branding in global markets, authors Ichijo and Ranta deftly survey the multiple modalities through which food is intertwined with the politics of nationalism. This long overdue book whets our appetite for a new approach to food and the banal, but also politicised, reproduction of national sensibilities.'- Jon Fox, University of Bristol, UK