Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food and the Avant-Garde

  • Yael RavivEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_388



Defining the avant-garde is an ongoing process in art and literary criticism and changes depending on the particular historical period and cultural sphere discussed. For the sake of this entry, the term refers to a collection of modernist artists and artistic movements who explore new frontiers, react against previous conventions and traditions, and engage in experimental work. The work of avant-garde artists and writers often responds to existing social, political, or aesthetic practices, making it particularly relevant to a study of ethics. In the Theory of the Avant-Garde, Peter Burger argued that the term was originally used to describe a combination of artistic goals and a sociopolitical agenda (Bürger 1984). More specifically, some of the ideas associated with the avant-garde that apply to a study of food include a wish to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public HealthNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA