The Sociology of Food in Spain: European Infuences in Social Analyses on Eating Habits

The Sociology of Food in Spain: European Infuences in Social Analyses on Eating Habits Comparative Sociology, Volume 5, issue 4 also available online © 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden see The Sociology of Food in Spain: European In fl uences in Social Analyses on Eating Habits C ecilia D íaz M éndez A bstract Key contributions towards understanding nutritional changes in modern societies from the viewpoint of social sciences have been made in the European framework. Existing Spanish studies echo the tendencies followed in other countries by anthropologists and sociologists. These works can be included within a wide- ranging debate on eating habits that has arisen from two novel facts: food options have increased making choice complicated, but the traditional agents that set norms no longer o ff er clear- cut guidance. In this study the main European perspectives are set out from a social viewpoint. An explanation is o ff ered as to the stance sociologists and especially Spanish sociologists are adopting in these discussions. In addition, research proposals are put forward. K ey words : sociology of food, food consumption, food change 1. Introduction In recent years Social Sciences have begun analysing eating behaviour as a social fact and have concluded there is su ffi cient theoretical and empirical Comparative Sociology Brill

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