Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice by E. Melanie DuPuis

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By E. Melanie DuPuis

all through American heritage, ingestion (eating) has functioned as a metaphor for examining and imagining this society and its political platforms. Discussions of yank freedom itself are pervaded with ingestive metaphors of selection (what to install) and keep watch over (what to maintain out). From the country’s founders to the abolitionists to the social activists of at the present time, these trying to shape and reform American society have solid their social-change targets in ingestive phrases of selection and keep watch over. yet they've got learned their metaphors in concrete phrases to boot, purveying particular recommendation to the general public approximately what to devour or no longer. those conversations approximately “social switch as consuming” mirror American beliefs of freedom, purity, and virtue.

Drawing on social and political background in addition to the background of technological know-how and pop culture, Dangerous Digestion examines how American rules approximately nutritional reform replicate broader brooding about social reform. encouraged via new clinical reports of the human physique as a metabiome—a collaboration of species instead of an remoted, intact, secure, and bounded individual—E. Melanie DuPuis invokes a brand new metaphor—digestion—to reimagine the American physique politic, commencing social modifications to rules of combining, fermentation, and collaboration. In doing so, the writer explores how social activists can reconsider politics as inclusive methods that contain the inherently dicy blending of cultures, standpoints, and ideas.

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