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Elite Authenticity

Remaking Distinction in Food Discourse

Gwynne Mapes

Elite Authenticity

OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES

Elite Authenticity

Remaking Distinction in Food Discourse

OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES: Elite Authenticity

 

This is a book about how people talk and write about food - in the New York Times, on social media, in restaurants, and around the dinner table. Using multimodal critical discourse analysis, Mapes focuses in particular on how "authenticity" proliferates in these various examples of "elite food discourse," and how it is used by stakeholders to simultaneously claim and deny social prestige.


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Beschrijving OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES: Elite Authenticity

Food plays a central role in the production of culture and is likewise a powerful resource for the representation and organization of social order. Status is asserted or contested through both the materiality of food (its substance, its raw economics, and its manufacture or preparation) and through its discursivity (its marketing, staging, and the way it is depicted and discussed). This intersection of materiality and discursivity makes food an ideal site for
examining the place of language in contemporary class formations, and for engaging cutting-edge debates in sociolinguistics on language materiality.

In Elite Authenticity, Gwynne Mapes integrates theories of mediatization, materiality, and authenticity in order to explore the discursive production of elite status and class inequality in food discourse. Relying on a range of methodological approaches, Mapes examines restaurant reviews and articles published in the New York Times food section; a collection of Instagram posts from @nytfood; ethnographically-informed fieldwork in four renowned Brooklyn, NY, restaurants; and a
recorded dinner conversation with six food-enthusiasts. Across these varied genres of data, she demonstrates how a discourse of "elite authenticity" represents a particular surfacing of rhetorical maneuvers in which distinction is orchestrated, avowed/disavowed, and circulated.

Elite Authenticity takes a multimodal critical discourse analysis approach, drawing on theories from linguistics, food and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy. Its presentation and analysis of aural, visual, spatial, material, and embodied discourse will be of interest to scholars and students of communication studies, critical discourse studies, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and cultural geography.


ISBN
9780197533444
Pagina's
224
Verschenen
Serie
OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES
NUR
741
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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