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Fashioning Appetite: Restaurants and the Making of Modern Identity Joanne Finkelstein

Fashioning Appetite: Restaurants and the Making of Modern Identity

Joanne Finkelstein

Published December 1st 2013
ISBN : 9780231537124
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With gastronomy now divided between the golden arches of McDonalds and the prized stars of Michelin, we are no longer what we eat but also how. In this follow-up to her classic Dining Out: A Sociology of Modern Manners, Joanne Finkelstein takes aMoreWith gastronomy now divided between the golden arches of McDonalds and the prized stars of Michelin, we are no longer what we eat but also how. In this follow-up to her classic Dining Out: A Sociology of Modern Manners, Joanne Finkelstein takes a fragment of social life -- dining out in restaurants -- and uses it to examine the nature of modern manners and social relations.Considering body images on billboards, social documentaries on foods human and environmental costs, and the abundance of choice in cosmopolitan cities, Finkelstein builds a cultural portrait in which every forkful is weighted with meaning. When food is fetishized and identity becomes a capitalist commodity, the solitude of the restaurant transforms appetite into both a pleasure and a torment. In Fashioning Appetite, the restaurant becomes a liminal space in which public and private boundaries are constantly renegotiated, in which our personal celebrations and seductions are conducted within full view of the next table, and where eating alone has become a minefield so perilous, we need how-to guides to help traverse it safely. Applying new research in emotional capitalism to popular cultures pervasive images of conspicuous consumption, Finkelstein reveals how being satisfied with ones meal is now essential to being satisfied with oneself.