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Suicide candy: tracing the discourse itineraries of food risk

Jones, R. H. (2016) Suicide candy: tracing the discourse itineraries of food risk. In: Crichton, J., Candlin, C. N. and Firkins, A. S. (eds.) Communicating risk. Palgrave Studies in Professional and Organizational Discourse. Palgrave, Balingstoke Hampshire, pp. 340-359. ISBN 9781137478771

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Traditional approaches to the way people react to food risks often focus on ways in which the media distort information about risk, or on the deficiencies in people’s interpretation of this information. In this chapter Jones offers an alternative model which sees decisions regarding food risk as taking place at a complex nexus where different people, texts, objects and practices, each with their own histories, come together. Based on a case study of a food scandal involving a particular brand of Chinese candy, Jones argues that understanding why people respond the way they do to food risk requires tracing the itineraries along which different people, texts, objects and practices have traveled to converge at particular moments, and understanding the kinds of concrete social actions that these convergences make possible.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:58439
Publisher:Palgrave

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