Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (BA)
How is it that Americans are so obsessed with nutrition and dieting and yet remain unhealthy? This project attempts to give a theoretically driven answer to this great paradox within the Western diet. Constance Calice analyzes the practice and rhetoric of dieting as a crystallization of a problematic relationship to food using a Foucauldian understanding of discipline. Using examples from the media, she illustrates the way in which outside forces effect our food choices and the power relationships formed in this exchange. To offer an alternative view to nutritionism she looks to the Local Food Movement and affect theory to illustrate how we can understand food and eating in such a way that incorporates the personal, emotional, spiritual and cultural aspects of food rather than as a collection nutritional components.
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Calice, Constance, "Watch What You Eat: From self-surveillance to affective eating" (2011). Cultural Studies Capstone Papers. 35.