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Eating Culture

How What We Eat Informs Who We Are and Who We Want to Be
  • Cammy LeeEmail author
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Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)

Abstract

In first grade, I did not have the words to describe the ethnic Chinese food I ate, so I lied and said I ate cereal all day, every day. Food shame began early. This chapter considers how our food and foodways impact identity. In approaching this, I will unpack two food narratives: the first, causing embarrassment and shame, will be analyzed using psychoanalysis and critical literacy, while the second, sparking creativity, includes a discussion on the role of disgust – the paradox of aversion, aesthetic disgust, the cognition-affect link, and finally disgust in culture. Using interdisciplinary lenses for analyses, I argue that whether good or bad, our food experiences can inform how we understand who we are and more significantly shape who we want to become. Despite its varying effects, this chapter seeks to underscore that as an entry point to interrogate culture, identity, and otherness, food has pedagogical value.

Keywords

Food Identity Culture Narrative Writing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)TorontoCanada

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