Conversations in Food Studies

Colin R. Anderson (Editor), Jennifer Brady (Editor), Charles Z. Levkoe (Editor)

Few things are as important as the food we eat. Conversations in Food Studies demonstrates the value of interdisciplinary research through the cross-pollination of disciplinary, epistemological, and methodological perspectives. Widely diverse essays, ranging from the meaning of milk, to the bring-your-own-wine movement, to urban household waste, are the product of collaborating teams of interdisciplinary authors. Readers are invited to engage and reflect on the theories and practices underlying some of the most important issues facing the emerging field of food studies today.

Conversations in Food Studies brings to the table thirteen original contributions organized around the themes of representation, governance, disciplinary boundaries, and, finally, learning through food.

This collection offers an important and groundbreaking approach to food studies as it examines and reworks the boundaries that have traditionally structured the academy and that underlie much of food studies literature.


“I’d call this book an invitation—the need to come together and collaborate has never been more important—and is only now becoming widely recognized. The book is also about transgressions, about how food blurs boundaries and pushes conventions.”

– Michael Carolan, Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University

“This lively collection of diverse food studies papers delivers on its promise of boundary-testing interdisciplinarity. The insights presented within its pages reflect an intellectually sophisticated dialogue on food studies in Canada, providing hope for equally sophisticated food system interventions.”

– Keith Williams, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

About the Authors

Colin R. Anderson is a researcher at the Centre for Agroecology, Water, and Resilience at Coventry University in the United Kingdom.

Jennifer Brady is faculty member in in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Charles Z. Levkoe is the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and an Assistant Professor in Health Sciences at Lakehead University.

Other contributors: Colin R. Anderson, Mary A. Beckie, Eva A. Bogdan, Mark Bomford, Jennifer Brady, Jennifer A. Braun, Samara Brock, Robyn Bunn, Kirsten Valentine Cadieux, Chantal Clément, Anaïs Detolle, Arthur ‘Gill’ Green, Ankit Gupta, Robert Jennings, Josée Johnston, Emily Huddart Kennedy, Ahmed Khan, Mustafa Koç, Keith Lee, Charles Z. Levkoe, Kristen Lowitt, Wanda Martin, Victoria Millious, Phil Mount, Erika Mundel, Alan Nash, Serhiy Polyakov, Karen Rideout, Steffanie Scott, Tammara Soma, Cathryn Sprague, Jennifer Sumner, David Szanto, Lani Trenouth, Penny Van Esterik, Matt Ventresca, Cassie Wever, Carmen Wong, Konstantinos Zougris

Mustafa Koç (Foreword)

Book Details

  • Conversations in Food Studies
  • Colin R. Anderson (Editor), Jennifer Brady (Editor), Charles Z. Levkoe (Editor)
  • Published November 2016, 312 pages
  • Paper, ISBN: 978-0-88755-787-3, 6 × 9, $31.95
  • Topic(s): Agriculture & Food

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