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Spectacular foodscapes: food celebrities and the politics of lifestyle mediation in an age of inequality

Johnston, J. and Goodman, M. K. (2015) Spectacular foodscapes: food celebrities and the politics of lifestyle mediation in an age of inequality. Food, Culture and Society, 18 (2). pp. 205-222. ISSN 1751-7443

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To link to this item DOI: 10.2752/175174415X14180391604369

Abstract/Summary

This editorial introduces a special issue of Food, Culture & Society and works to add a parallel, substantive take on the phenomenon of the food celebrity and the mediated, everyday cultural politics they create. We start by exploring the concept of the foodscape. Specifically, we argue that food celebrities represent a fundamental component of contemporary foodscapes, how they “perform” and function, and the socio-material means by which they are produced. We then explore the key roles and privileges of food celebrity, arguing that the celebrity chef is not the only high-profile, mediating figure at work on the foodscape. Key food celebrity paradoxes are identified and discussed: food celebrities must work to be authentic and aspirational, accessible yet exclusive, responsibilizing but also empowering. We conclude with a short contextualization of the papers in this special issue, and argue for the rich potential of food celebrity scholarship as a way to better understand food inequalities

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Human Environments
ID Code:56231
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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