Rice talks: Food and community in a Vietnamese town

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Rice Talks explores the importance of cooking and eating in the everyday social life of Hoi An, a properous market town in central Vietnam known for its exceptionally elaborate and sophisticated local cuisine. In a vivid and highly personal account, Nir Avieli takes the reader from the private setting of the extended family meal into the public realm of the festive, extraordinary, and unique. He shows how foodways relate to class relations, gender roles, religious practices, cosmology, ethnicity, and even local and national politics. This evocative study departs from conventional anthropological research on food by stressing the rich meanings, generative capacities, and potential subversion embedded in foodways and eating.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages344
ISBN (Electronic)9780253005304
ISBN (Print)9780253357076, 9780253223708
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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