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The Global and the IntimateFeminism in Our Time$
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Victoria Rosner and Geraldine Pratt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231154499

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231154499.001.0001

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In the Interests of Taste and Place

In the Interests of Taste and Place

Economies of Attachment

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The Global and the Intimate

Elspeth Probyn

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how micro and very intimate practices intersect with the macro forces of supply chains and foodways. Focusing on the intimacy of consuming oysters, taste attachments, and place, it identifies attunement to detail as a defining characteristic of feminist inquiry. The chapter draws on research that builds on ways of thinking intimacy and globalization in a different voice, and which is part of a larger project on how the relationships between taste (consumption) and place (production) are being rearranged in the globalized food system. It explores taste in its various guises, in a conscious move away from the dominant sociological framing of taste as first and foremost, if not always, about social distinction, and how taste economies might shed new light on the intimate entanglements of people, places, and markets. It argues that the intimate allows us to break out of established categories; it creates an opening to think something new.

Keywords:   supply chains, foodways, intimacy, oysters, taste attachments, place, feminist inquiry, globalization, taste, taste economies

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