Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru (California Studies in Food and Culture #76) (Hardcover)

Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru (California Studies in Food and Culture #76) By María Elena García Cover Image

Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru (California Studies in Food and Culture #76) (Hardcover)

$85.00


Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
In recent years, Peru has transformed from a war-torn country to a global high-end culinary destination. Connecting chefs, state agencies, global capital, and Indigenous producers, this “gastronomic revolution” makes powerful claims: food unites Peruvians, dissolves racial antagonisms, and fuels development. Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race critically evaluates these claims and tracks the emergence of Peruvian gastropolitics, a biopolitical and aesthetic set of practices that reinscribe dominant racial and gendered orders. Through critical readings of high-end menus and ethnographic analysis of culinary festivals, guinea pig production, and national-branding campaigns, this work explores the intersections of race, species, and capital to reveal links between gastronomy and violence in Peru.
 
María Elena García is Professor in the Comparative History of Ideas Department at the University of Washington.
Product Details ISBN: 9780520301894
ISBN-10: 0520301897
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: California Studies in Food and Culture
"The book presents a stunning and innovative analysis of the politics of Peru’s recent gastronomic boom. . . .[it] is at the forefront of scholarly discussions on the topic and deserves a wide readership among anthropologists and food studies scholars working on food, race, and nationalism in a range of geographic settings."
— Gastronomica