Food choices and eating habits vary across cultures and societies. What people choose to eat or not eat, how they obtain and prepare food, and when they eat differ widely from culture to culture and from region to region.
Food choices and eating habits – considered by many social scientists as resulting from learned collective behaviours – reflect the core values and norms of a cultural group. In many ethno-religious communities, for instance, people believe that certain types of food have medical qualities and use the food to promote health and cure disease.
Thus, food cultures and their health implications deserve serious research from interdisciplinary perspectives. Studying the nutrition and health issues of a wide range of cultural and population groups has become increasingly important as transnational migration flows continue to spread traditional food cultures and create new trends in food cultures around the globe.
This special issue focuses on the role of culture in influencing eating habits, attitudes towards food, and health outcomes. It invites research papers from across disciplines and from around the world.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Mapping diverse food cultures
- Trends in food cultures in global or regional processes
- New developments in theoretical perspectives
- Impacts of culture on eating habits and health outcomes
- Comparative studies of food cultures
- Policy implications of global study of food cultures
Submission deadline: 1 October, 2012