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Nazareth College is pleased to announce that Carlnita Greene, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the communication & rhetoric program has co-edited the book Food as Communication: Communication as Food. The book was released on February 1, 2011 by Peter Lang Publishing Inc. For more information visit, Peter Lang Publishing.
From high-tech kitchen gadgets and magazines to the Food Network, the last few decades have seen a huge rise in food-focused consumption, media, and culture. The discourses surrounding food range from media coverage of school lunchrooms and hunger issues, to news stories about urban gardening or buying organic products at the local farmers market. Food is no longer viewed merely as a means of survival.
International and comprehensive in approach, this volume is the first book-length study of food from a communication perspective. Scholars examine and explore this emerging field to provide definitive and foundational examples of how food operates as a system of communication, and how communication theory and practices can be understood by considering food in this way. In doing so, the book serves to inspire future dialogues on the subject due to its vast array of ideas about food and its relationship to our communication practices.
Greene’s research can be broadly defined as the intersection of rhetorical theory and popular culture. She has previously published on subjects as diverse as food culture and the media, identity and social style, rhetorical theory in the 21st century, and popular culture and pedagogy.
Reviews of the book:
“Food as Communication: Communication as Food is a wonderful introduction to this field of food studies research. These authors watched movies and television, examined package labels, visited exotic places, delved in wonderful libraries, and ate great food, and analyzed the meaning of these experiences for modern identity, culture, and politics. Anyone interested in what food can tell us about ourselves and our neighbors will want to read this book," says Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, and author of 'Food Politics and What to Eat'.
"Yum! Finally, a meaty volume for scholars and students interested in food and communication in a wide variety of contexts. 'Food as Communication' offers many smart, accessible essays about our food discourses, recommending its use for courses in media and cultural studies, interpersonal/organizational/ intercultural communication, and environmental studies alike,” comments Kathleen LeBesco, co-editor, 'Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning', and professor of communication arts at Marymount Manhattan College.