Noodle narratives; British men dancing Capoeira

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Noodle narratives - Laurie Taylor talks to US anthropologist, Deborah Gewertz, about the invention, production and consumption of instant ramen noodles. From their origins in Japan to their worldwide spread to markets as diverse as the USA and Papua New Guinea. As popular with the affluent as with the poor, they enable diverse populations to manage their lives. So how did noodles become one of the industrial food system's most successful achievements? And what can the humble noodle tell us about the history of food and the anthropology of globalisation? Also, British men dancing like Brazilians. Social scientist, Neil Stephens, discusses a study which finds that Capoeira challenges the traditional opposition between masculinity and dance. He's joined by Theresa Buckland, Professor of Dance History and Ethnography.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Deborah Gewertz

G. Henry Whitcomb Professor of Anthropology



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The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century

Frederick Errington, Tatsuro Fujikura, Deborah Gewertz (Authors)

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN-10: 0520276345

ISBN-13: 978-0520276345

Neil Stephens

Cesagen Research Fellow based at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences



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Abstract: 'I can see it in the nightclub’: dance, capoeira and male bodies

Neil Stephens and Sara Delamont

The Sociological Review

DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12062

Theresa Buckland

Professor of Dance History and Ethnography at Roehampton University




Society Dancing: Fashionable Bodies in England, 1870-1920

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN-10: 0230277144

ISBN-13: 978-0230277144

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