Identity, Influence, and Negotiation
by Edited by Emily J. H. Contois and Zenia Kish
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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 16 Feb 2022
How the social media platform redefines what and why we eat
Image by image and hashtag by hashtag, Instagram has redefined the ways we relate to food. Emily J. H. Contois and Zenia Kish edit essays that explore the massively popular social media platform as a space for self-identification, influence, transformation, and resistance. Artists and journalists join a wide range of scholars to look at food’s connection to Instagram from vantage points as diverse as Hong Kong’s camera-centric foodie culture, the platform’s long history with feminist eateries, and the photography of Australia’s livestock producers. What emerges is a portrait of an arena where people do more than build identities and influence. Users negotiate cultural, social, and economic practices in a place that, for all its democratic potential, reinforces entrenched dynamics of power.
Interdisciplinary in approach and transnational in scope, Food Instagram offers general readers and experts alike new perspectives on an important social media space and its impact on a fundamental area of our lives.
Contributors: Laurence Allard, Joceline Andersen, Emily Buddle, Robin Caldwell, Emily J. H. Contois, Sarah E. Cramer, Gaby David, Deborah A. Harris, KC Hysmith, Alex Ketchum, Katherine Kirkwood, Zenia Kish, Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager, Jonathan Leer, Yue-Chiu Bonni Leung, Yi-Chieh Jessica Lin, Michael Z. Newman, Tsugumi Okabe, Rachel Phillips, Sarah Garcia Santamaria, Tara J. Schuwerk, Sarah E. Tracy, Emily Truman, Dawn Woolley, and Zara Worth
"Contois and Kish have prepared a veritable smorgasbord of perspectives on the all-pervasive and all-important nature of food on visual social media in this deliciously engrossing collection. From aperitifs to aesthetics, and placemaking to politics, this book has something for every reader."--Tama Leaver, coauthor of Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures
"Instagram has become much more than a fun medium for selfies, food porn, and branding. This volume shows how the digital app and the kind of food representations it supports contribute to building identities and negotiating social and economic relationships."--Fabio Parasecoli, author of Bite Me: Food in Popular Culture
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