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Language of food politics; Italian food market

New research on how society works. Laurie Taylor hears about an ethnography of Porto Palazzo in Italy, one of Europe's largest outdoor markets. Plus, the language of food politics.

An Italian food market - Rachel Black talks to Laurie Taylor about her ethnographic account of Porto Palazzo, one of Europe's largest outdoor markets. She watched and spoke to its vendors, shoppers and passers-by to find out how a multi-ethnic market fosters a culinary culture and social life. Professor Sophie Watson is currently studying street markets and joins the discussion.
Also, Guy Cook analyses the language of food and food politics; from baby food labels to organic marketing. How our choices and beliefs about what we eat are influenced by the persuasive power of words.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Guy Cook

Professor of Language in Education, King’s College London

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Abstract: Sweet talking: food, language and democracy
Language Teaching / Volume 43 / Issue 02 / April 2010, pp 168-181


Lecture: Sweet Talking: The Language Of Food Politics

Speaker: Professor Guy Cook

Venue: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), Strand Campus, King’s College London

Friday 22 March 2013 - Time: 13.00-14.00


Genetically Modified Language: The Discourse of Arguments for GM Crops and Food
Publisher: Routledge 
ISBN-10: 0415314682
ISBN-13: 978-0415314688


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Rachel Black

Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator Gastronomy Program at Boston University

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Porta Palazzo: The Anthropology of an Italian Market
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN-10: 0812244060
ISBN-13: 978-0812244069

Sophie Watson

Professor of Sociology at the Open University and Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change

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Abstract: The Magic of the Market Place: Sociality in a neglected public space
doi: 10.1177/0042098009105506
Urban Stud July 2009 vol. 46 no. 8 1577-1591

Markets as Sites for Social Interaction: Spaces of Diversity
Sophie Watson (author), David Studdert (Author)
Publisher: Policy Press 
ISBN-10: 1861349254
ISBN-13: 978-1861349255


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