Eating Anxiety : The Perils Of Food Politics Essay

2367 Words Nov 8th, 2016 10 Pages
Chad Lavin approaches “Eating Anxiety: The Perils of Food Politics” from an ontopolitical perspective in an attempt to analyze the relationship between food, personal identity, global inequality, and cultural authenticity (Lavin ix). He uses a fusion of politics, philosophy, and the politics of being a political self, to discuss these. His main question lies in how food functions culturally, politically, and metaphorically to structure individual understandings of the world and autonomy. He uses the work of philosophers from the 17th and 19th centuries to situate Eating Anxiety historically, and to understand how what he calls “digestive subjectivity” can help us navigate globalization, neoliberalism, global inequality, and democracy in the modern world, as well as our understandings of modern liberalism. Digestive subjectivity relies on the idea that food and digestion disrupt the dominant discourses associated with liberal institutions such as property, ethics, and politics, leading to political and metaphorical anxiety about food and food discourse. While Lavin’s approach is multifaceted and somewhat complex, through the six chapters he strives to make five major points. His methodology lies within the analysis of other work done on the subject. By focusing on the idea of individual sovereignty and autonomy, a main aspect of modern liberal politics, Lavin is able to discuss how food blurs the lines between what is self and what is not self, and the anxiety that…

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