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What Is Taste

What Is Taste Taste is defined in a variety of ways, and arises fromphysiological processes which are influenced by social factors.Explanations of taste therefore require information from biological,sociological and cultural perspectives. Discusses the contribution madeto our understanding of taste by the biological and social sciences,with reference to recent sociological and social anthropologicalresearch and writing. It argues that food is a particularly powerfulmedium for the realization of social relationships and the creation ofindividual identity. The social context therefore has an indirect butcausal relationship with individual tastes. The cultural context is alsocrucial, as the socially constructed meaning of a food can influencetaste perception itself. Explanations of taste therefore require anunderstanding of the social and cultural contexts of foodrelatedbehaviour. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nutrition & Food Science Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0034-6659
DOI
10.1108/EUM0000000000968
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Abstract

Taste is defined in a variety of ways, and arises fromphysiological processes which are influenced by social factors.Explanations of taste therefore require information from biological,sociological and cultural perspectives. Discusses the contribution madeto our understanding of taste by the biological and social sciences,with reference to recent sociological and social anthropologicalresearch and writing. It argues that food is a particularly powerfulmedium for the realization of social relationships and the creation ofindividual identity. The social context therefore has an indirect butcausal relationship with individual tastes. The cultural context is alsocrucial, as the socially constructed meaning of a food can influencetaste perception itself. Explanations of taste therefore require anunderstanding of the social and cultural contexts of foodrelatedbehaviour.

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Nutrition & Food ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 1992

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