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The Agency of Eating: Mediation, Food and the Body. In The Agency of Eating, Emma-Jayne Abbots undertakes the burdensome task of challenging scholarly notions about eating and the ways it can be studied.
In her dense theoretical foray into the processes of consumption, Abbots seeks to unite the eater, food, and knowledge to demonstrate the entanglement of matter and meaning-making. By doing so, she makes a strong case for expanding the boundaries of interdisciplinary food studies scholarship by reconsidering the practice of eating through the relation between the feeling body and the politics of food.
Even though the path she traces to make her argument is complex, she consistently holds one simple idea at the fore: Abbots builds on her own ethnographic research in Jima, Ecuador, in tandem with other ethnographic and autobiographical accounts to articulate the relation between eater, food, and knowledge through two specific processes: She intentionally focuses on the estranged and seemingly benign places where people eat to exemplify just how fruitful this methodology can be.
In chapter two, she examines her own ethnographic experience of eating cuy, or roasted guinea pig, in Jima, Ecuador, to demonstrate the material embodiment of proximity and kinship through symbolically-charged food.
In chapter three, she further studies the embodiment process at play through the consumption of cuy, this time within the context of migrant eating experiences. This contrast between chapter two and chapter three allows Abbots to articulate the capacity for food to simultaneously distance and re-root, construct and deconstruct, assimilate and differentiate.
This dialectic alone exemplifies her complex perspective. Through the migrant experience, she reveals that eating can function to build meaning for an individual in the present but can also collapse time and space.
Abbots turns to local food festivals, heritage food, and nationalized food in chapter four, continuing her study of how food creates proximity and distance by focusing on its ability to create bonds of kinship between bodies. Chapter five proposes a more political approach to global and alternative food.
In this chapter, Abbots emphasizes that the study of eating practices and processes is critical to demonstrate the inherently political nature of bodily experiences.
Finally, chapter six continues to engage with the political potential of food through the frame of GMOs and organic food debates. This chapter neatly solidifies her point regarding the ability for eating and the body to have agency in social and political change. As this book aims to condense diverse theoretical influences, it should be understood as a set of building blocks, rather than as a completed edifice.
For that reason, the book will be most beneficial to those interested in the potential avenues by which methodological approaches to eating, food, and knowledge can generate significant shifts in thinking and conceptualizing our world.
It is worth mentioning that this book does not attempt to be a comprehensive and complete examination of all the potential applications of its methodological and theoretical contributions. In fact, it leaves room for developing some of the categories that the author does not address.
In my opinion, the absence of discussion regarding theorizations of difference or systems of oppression was quite jarring, but at the same time, Abbots repeatedly references the areas and ways in which her contribution can be expanded. For this reason, I found The Agency of Eating to be an earnest call to action, rather than a be-all-end-all opus.
I undoubtedly will be returning to this text in my own interdisciplinary research and engage anew with the questions that it summons. Her research traces the genealogy of food justice movements and looks to situate food justice organizing within their unique historical, geographic, political, and social convergences to better understand the manifestations of power, oppression, resistance, and contestation.The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; the writer's goal is to brainstorm a completely original idea for a story and then to use memorable details as the story is told.
Food Writing Assignment Instructions: Research and submit a recipe that you would like to prepare (you will not actually prepare it unless you choose Collaborative Assignment Option Two).
The recipe should be from Colombia, Cuba, Spain, or Argentina. Food Food Writing Assignment Instructions: •Research and submit a recipe that you would like to prepare (you will not actually prepare it unless you choose Collaborative Assignment Option Two).
The recipe should be from Colombia, Cuba, Spain, or Argentina. Work instructions should be very detailed on “how” to accomplish a specific job, task or assignment.
For example, a work procedure could be developed for assembling the final housing of a product with step-by-step instructions including such detail as the torque requirements of the fastening screws.
Regulations & Forms S Fort Drum > Directorate of Human Resources > Regulations & Forms S Army Policy for the Assignment of Female Soldiers HQ DA Letter ;. How-to essays, also known as process essays, are much like recipes; they provide instruction for carrying out a procedure or task.
You can write a how-to essay about any procedure that you find interesting, just as long as your topic fits the teacher's assignment.