New PDF release: Food Cults: How Fads, Dogma, and Doctrine Influence Diet

By Kima Cargill

ISBN-10: 144225131X

ISBN-13: 9781442251311

What can we suggest after we name any staff a cult? Defining that time period is a slippery proposition – the notice cult is provocative and arguably pejorative. Does it unavoidably seek advice from a non secular team? a gaggle with a charismatic chief? Or whatever darker and extra sinister?

Because ideals and practices surrounding nutrients usually encourage spiritual and political fervor, in addition to functionality to unite humans into insular teams, it truly is inevitable that "food cults" might emerge. learning the intense ideals and practices of such foodstuff cults permits us to work out the ways that nutrition serves as a nexus for non secular ideals, sexuality, dying nervousness, preoccupation with the physique, asceticism, and hedonism, to call a number of. not like non secular and political cults, foodstuff cults have the additional measurement of mediating cultural developments in nutrients and vitamin via their club.

Should we then give some thought to uncooked foodists, a lot of whom think that cooked foodstuff is poison, a kind of nutrients cult? What approximately paleo nutrition adherents or those that stick to a constrained calorie vitamin for durability? Food Cults explores those questions by way of family and overseas, modern and historical foodstuff groups characterised through severe dietary ideals or seen as "fringe" hobbies by way of mainstream tradition. whereas there are a number of bills of such foodstuff groups throughout disciplines, this assortment pulls jointly those works and explains why we gravitate towards such teams and the social and mental services they serve. This quantity describes how modern and old nutrients groups come jointly and foment fanaticism, judgment, aura, dogma, ardour, toughness, condemnation and exaltation.

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