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Buy and Download Description Food holds a central place within the social order and for this rea-son it has long been a subject of considerable interest to anthropologists. Since the days of Mead (1943) attempts have been made to study the eating habits of selected populations. Often such observations were made as part of a wider ethnographic study of a specific population, but gradually a more specific interest in the anthropology of food emerged, leading to the eventual development of a distinct subfield of nutritional anthropology. A number of authors have undertaken reviews of the most significant perspectives to have held sway in anthropology and related disciplines, including Murcott (1988), Beardsworth and Keil (1997: 47–70) and Caplan (1997). It is not, therefore, my intention to reiterate each of these approaches in laborious detail, but rather, to consider what they may have to offer to contemporary researchers in the field of food and eating, and in particular how they might inform and enrich this study. Food holds a central place within the social order and for this rea-son it has long been a subject of considerable interest to anthropologists. Since the days of Mead (1943) attempts have been made to study the eating habits of selected popu
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