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The history of food exchanges: a new agenda

Atkins, P.J.

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P.J. Atkins


This paper argues that the time has come for a new approach to food exchange. Using the literatures of geography and sociology, it points out that the social constructionism that is being used increasingly in food studies is inadequate. Its privileging of human agency has led to an underestimation of the important of the materiality of foodstuffs. Three dimensions are proposed for a rematerialization of research on food exchange histories.


Atkins, P. (2009). The history of food exchanges: a new agenda. Food & history, 7(1), 111-123.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2009
Deposit Date Jul 5, 2010
Publicly Available Date Sep 7, 2010
Journal Food & history
Print ISSN 1780-3187
Publisher Brepols Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 111-123
Keywords Food exchange, Rematerialisation, Social Constructionism.
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