What Is “Good” Food? How Foodies Negotiate Status and Ethics in Food Choices

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What Is “Good” Food? How Foodies Negotiate Status and Ethics in Food Choices

How do foodies decide what is “good” food — food worthy of eating, discussing, researching and photographing? This talk will draw from research on foodies to discuss the ways that foods become venerated as high status choices. Our research charts the rise of an omnivorous food culture that values high-class cuisine alongside street-stand tacos and diner meals. Besides identifying key markers of foodie status, we will discuss how food choices relate to ethical consumption deals like democratic openness, multiculturalism, and sustainability. Drawing from a survey with Toronto-based food shoppers, we explore the intersection of foodie culture and ethical consumption. This data suggests the emergence of a high-status foodie who appreciates the finest, most delicious foods, while also seeking to feel ethically virtuous at the dining table.

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Shyon Baumann
University of Toronto, Sociology 

Josée Johnston
University of Toronto, Sociology

Wed, Jan 29, 2020
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin

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