This introduces a special issue on “Critical Nutrition” in which multiple authors weigh in on various themes related to the origins, character, and consequences of contemporary American nutrition discourses and practices, as well as how nutrition might be known and done differently. In this introduction the author defines critical nutrition and dietetics in relation to hegemonic nutrition. She also emphasizes the popularization of expert knowledge and how that is contributing to contemporary food anxieties.
Introducing Critical Nutrition: A Special Issue on Dietary Advice and Its Discontents
Julie Guthman is a geographer and Professor of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches courses in global political economy and the politics of food and agriculture. She has published extensively on contemporary efforts to transform the way food is produced, distributed, and consumed, with a particular focus on voluntary food labels, community food security, farm-to-school programs, and the race and class politics of “alternative food.” Her publications include two multi–award winning books: Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California and Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism.
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Julie Guthman; Introducing Critical Nutrition: A Special Issue on Dietary Advice and Its Discontents. Gastronomica 1 August 2014; 14 (3): 1–4. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2014.14.3.1
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