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Religion and Food, Religions as Foodways

Harvey, Graham (2015). Religion and Food, Religions as Foodways. REVER - Revista de Estudos da Religião, 15(1) pp. 80–92.

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Abstract

Foodways (everything related to the production and consumption of food) are gaining increasing attention in studies of religion. They allow us to achieve better understanding of the fluid relationships between everyday lives and formal rituals, rules and hierarchies. This article seeks to demonstrate that more is at stake in research and teaching about religion and food. In considering foodways we do not simply add spice (aka rich description) to our work. Theorisation about religion is vastly improved when we engage with (a) the ways in which people deal with the necessary acts of violence involved in consuming other species, and (b) with the ways in which people eat or avoid eating particular foods with other people. It reinforces the need for vernacular, material and performative issues to be placed firmly at the centre of our discipline. Studying foodways allows us to replace unhelpful (early modern polemical) questions about beliefs with more focused questions about the doing of religion in real world, everyday contexts.

Resumo: Comida e tudo o que ela implica (de produção ao seu consumo) está ganhando uma crescente atenção nos estudos em religião. Isso nos permite alcançar um melhor entendimento das relações fluídicas entre a vida cotidiana e as formas rituais, regras e hierarquias. Este artigo busca demonstrar que há muito mais em jogo na pesquisa sobre religião e comida. Considerando-se a alimentação, nós não apenas adicionamos temperos em nosso trabalho. Teorização sobre religião é amplamente aprimorada quando conectamos com (a) formas pelas quais as pessoas lidam com os necessários atos de violência envolvidos no consumo de certas espécies, e (b) com as maneiras pelas quais pessoas comem ou evitam comer alimentos particulares com outras pessoas. Isso reforça a necessidade de se estabelecer firmemente no centro de nossa disciplina, questões vernáculas, materiais e performáticas. Estudas questões relativas à alimentação nos permite substituir questões inúteis (polêmicas do início da modernidade) sobre crenças por questões mais focalizadas tais como fazer religião no mundo real em contextos cotidianos.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1677-1222
Extra Information: Alternative title: Religião e Comida, religião como regras para alimentação
Keywords: religion; food; taboo; ritual; relationality; violence
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 49353
Depositing User: Graham Harvey
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 20:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49353
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