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Author Flavin, Anna Marie, author.
Title Forage / by Anna Marie Flavin.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  N340 .Z95 2012 F53eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vi, 22 pages) : photographs, color.
Content Type still image
Format online resource
File Characteristics text file PDF
Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 15).
Summary The complex language of food subtly communicates volumes. Alimentary interaction is not only an indicator of individual behavior, but it is also a cultural phenomenon defined by society's collective acceptance of and participation in a system. History, biology, economy and politics are profoundly embedded in every bite, thereby illustrating a complex system of signification that ultimately describes a culture. Whether consciously or unconsciously expressed, societal beliefs are evident throughout this semiotic relationship. Leftovers of Modernist thought are consumed daily in the American diet. This pervasive mentality has developed as a result of the evolution of human thought, the formation of a collective culture, and the mechanisms established to entice and satisfy massive consumerism. Modernism remains the pith of the American eating experience. The reductive paradigm of Nutritionism, industrialization, consumerism, and mechanized mass production encourage a diminished connection to the earth in favor of more expedient forms of nutrition. The deconstruction, re-assemblage, and enhancement of natural elements to produce food have become standard procedures that change the definition and constitution of sustenance. American culture's connection to its edible consumables is disturbingly complex, and natural instincts for survival, specifically nourishment, have become convoluted. The title "Forage" is a distorted acknowledgement of food gathering methods associated with the past. It comments on the significant cultural shift in the perception of food that has occurred. The author's photographic consideration implements formal approaches in order to explore pedestrian foraging, culturally defined sustenance, and methods of delivery.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on May 29, 2012).
Subject Food supply -- Art.
Grocery trade -- Art.
Grocery shopping -- Art.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Art.
OCLC number 849972258