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“This stimulating, original, and incredibly useful book shows us how thinking about digital food forces us to rethink how we understand food, media, and everyday life. Indispensable reading for anyone interested in food cultures, it will also reshape debates in media and cultural studies more generally.”

—Joanne Hollows, Independent Scholar, UK

Tania Lewis offers the first critical account of the impact of digital information, media, and communication technologies on the topic of food. Lewis critically analyzes how our relationship to food consumption, production, and politics is being re-mediated through digitally connected electronic devices, practices and content. By drawing together the world of food and the digital, the book speaks to a number of pressing contemporary themes including the tensions around digital engagement in increasingly commercialized spaces; the changing nature of politics in a social media context; the growing naturalization of digital devices and related practices of data monitoring; and the role and impact of digitization on social relations.

 

At the forefront of critical new research, and written with a student readership in mind, this text is essential for scholars interested in media studies, cultural studies, food studies, and cultural geography.

Product Details

  • Publish Date: 2020
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781350055094
  • Available Here

Reviews

“This critical but hopeful book is a valuable pedagogical tool for those interested in better appreciating the material and symbolic fabric of food media. Tania Lewis paints a compelling empirical picture of an online food world, while defining a core research agenda for scholarly work on food, media, and consumption-focussed lifestyles.”

—Josée Johnston, University of Toronto, Canada

 


 

“This stimulating, original, and incredibly useful book shows us how thinking about digital food forces us to rethink how we understand food, media, and everyday life. Indispensable reading for anyone interested in food cultures, it will also reshape debates in media and cultural studies more generally.”

—Joanne Hollows, Independent Scholar, UK

About the Author

Tania Lewis is the Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and is a Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Her research critically engages with the politics of lifestyle, sustainability and consumption, and with global media and digital cultures. Tania has published over 50 journal articles and chapters and is the author of Smart Living: Lifestyle Media and Popular Expertise (Peter Lang), and co-author of Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia (Duke University Press) and Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices (Sage). She is also the editor and co-editor of 4 collections with Routledge including Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction and Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles and Ethical Consumption. An ex-medical practitioner, Tania has conducted a wide range of research from groundbreaking research on young people’s internet use for health information to video ethnographic studies of household recycling, backyard permaculture and everyday digital household media use. She is currently a chief investigator on the project ‘Work-life ecologies: lifestyle, sustainability, practices’.

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