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Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice

E. Melanie DuPuis


Throughout American history, ingestion (eating) has functioned as a metaphor for interpreting and imagining this society and its political systems. Discussions of American freedom itself are pervaded with ingestive metaphors of choice (what to put in) and control (what to keep out). From the country's founders to the abolitionists to the social activists of today, those seeking to form and reform American society have cast their social-change goals in ingestive terms of choice and control. But they have realized their metaphors in concrete terms as well, purveying specific advice to the public ... More

Keywords: ingestion, eating, dietary reform, social reform, digestion, American body politic, collaboration, social activists, American freedom, American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520275478
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Melanie DuPuis, author
Pace University