"Naughty but nice": interactions between cultural norms and material preferences

Booth, David, Santos, Lourdes and Freeman, Richard (1993) "Naughty but nice": interactions between cultural norms and material preferences. In: Worsley, Anthony (ed.) Multidisciplinary Approaches to Food Choice. Department of Human Nutrition, Adelaide University, Adelaide, pp. 48-53. ISBN 0863963072

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Choices among foods and drinks are influenced by both sensory and social factors, against a background of somatic factors also. The influence of sensory factors defines our personal "taste" in foodstuffs. Social factors include culturally derived personal beliefs about the healthfulness and other attributes of the comestibles. Those material preferences interact with these cultural norms within our minds as we decide what to eat and drink. These two sorts of influence may point in the same direction or they may conflict. In either case, to enable everyday food choices, beliefs and values about health have to be cognitively integrated with sensual pleasure and displeasure in some fashion. What we need, then, are some hard facts on what is
actually going on in any person's mind as that individual
makes choices among foods and drinks.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0180 Experimental psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0501 Motivation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN406 Cultural traits, customs, and institutions > GN407 Technology. Material culture Including food, shelter, fire, tools, etc.
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
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Depositing User: prof. David Booth
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 09:54
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2015 09:54
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57066

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