The Discursive Construction of Class and Lifestyle

Celebrity chef cookbooks in post-socialist Slovenia

Ana Tominc | Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
ISBN 9789027206664 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027264763 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This book discusses transformations in the construction of culinary taste, lifestyle and class through cookbook language style in post-socialist Slovenia. Using a critical discourse studies approach it demonstrates how the representation of culinary advice in standard and celebrity cookbooks has changed in recent decades as a result of general social transformations such as postmodernity and globalization. It argues that compared to the standard cookbooks, where nutritionist ideology is at the forefront, the celebrity cookbooks reflect the conversational, hybrid nature of the genre, through which they promote global foodie discourse, while at the same time localizing the global trends to the Slovene context.
The book lays at the intersection of discourse analysis, sociology, food, cultural, communication and media studies and (post-) socialism and should be of interest to those interested in celebrities, food media, socialism and post-socialism, cookbooks, globalization and discourse change.
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“In critical discourse studies there remains a lack of attention to how power, ideology and class relations are communicated and reproduced at the level of popular culture. Through a beautifully contextualised study in Slovenia, this book takes an important step to address this, showing just how much can be revealed through the case of cookbooks and cookery programs. If you need to be persuaded that critical discourse studies should pay more attention to popular media and culture, then you should read this new book.”
“This book is an engaging and absorbing insight into social class and cookery books. Tominc offers us a fascinating discussion of the ways in which lifestyle and social class are intertwined with recipes across national contexts, employing CDA in a creative and articulate way.”
“The book represents a valuable contribution to the field of Food Studies, especially with its suggestion and demonstration that CDA is one of the most suitable approaches for Food Studies.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017041503 | Marc record