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Combing through a visually stunning and rare archive of childrens literature, architectural history, domestic manuals, dietetic tracts, novels and advertising,Racial Indigestion tells the story of the consolidation of nationalist mythologies of whiteness via the erotic politics of consumption. Less a history of commodities than a history of eating itself, the book seeks to understand how eating became a political act, linked to appetite, vice, virtue, race and class inequality and, finally, the queer pleasures and pitfalls of a burgeoning commodity culture. In so doing,Racial Indigestion sheds light on contemporary foodie cultures vexed relationship to nativism, nationalism and race privilege.
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