La mirada sociológica hacia la alimentaciónanálisis crítico del desarrollo de la investigación en el campo alimentario

  1. Díaz Méndez, Cecilia 1
  2. García Espejo, Isabel 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España


Política y sociedad

ISSN: 1130-8001 1988-3129

Year of publication: 2014

Issue Title: Herramientas para el estudio de la alimentación contemporánea

Volume: 51

Issue: 1

Pages: 15-49

Type: Article

DOI: 10.5209/REV_POSO.2014.V51.N1.42472 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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The Sociology of Food is a relatively new area of work which only in recent years has gained international scientific relevance as a discipline of study (Mennell, Murcotrt and van Otterloo, 1992; McIntosh, 1996; Beardsworth and Keil, 1997; Germov and Williams, 2000; Koc, Sumner and Wilson, 2012). The delay in the formation of a specific scientific body is the result of a combination of factors: the diversity of subjects, the methodological difficulties to face a multidimensional field of study, or the scarcity of comparative studies. This paper summarizes how sociology undertakes the study of food. We made a study of the scientific articles on food that have been published in the last 20 years in the journals of Sociology that appear in the Journal Citation Report. This paper allows us to present an overview of the studies on the Sociology of Food at the international level and to make some critical proposals as to their evolution. As a result, we may conclude that the Sociology of Food occupies a specific field of study, although it frequently overlaps the fields of Rural Sociology and Sociology of Consumption.

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