Food, place and identity: consuming Australia's 'Beef Capital'

Lockie, Stewart (2001) Food, place and identity: consuming Australia's 'Beef Capital'. Journal of Sociology, 37 (3). pp. 239-255.

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As social practice the consumption of food demonstrates the fundamentally social nature of the human body and subjectivity. Through eating, individuals are both incorporated into global networks of production and exchange, and incorporate themselves the meanings associated with those foods. Consumption is also, however, a spatially and temporally situated practice. This article argues that space and time must be analysed not only as sites at which food is consumed – with a view to mapping variability – but as social constructions that are themselves consumed and imbued with meaning. They are both signifier and signified. It goes on to explore the ways in which residents of Rockhampton (the 'Beef Capital' of Australia) constructed the 'place' in which they lived and their own food consumption practices. Residents demonstrated a high degree of reflexivity in their awareness of wider networks of social relations and the manner in which the identity of the 'Beef Capital' was itself consumed by 'outsiders' but, according to some, were rather less reflexive in their acceptance of the masculinist symbolism of beef and the experiences of marginalized groups within Rockhampton.

Item ID: 34876
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-2978
Keywords: consumption, place, regional identity, social construction of food
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 00:28
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 80%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment @ 50%
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