Geschichte des Nicht-Essens: Verzicht, Vermeidung und Verweigerung in der Moderne
Norman Aselmeyer; Veronika Settele – 2018
Konferenzband (peer reviewed)
Today, we mostly talk about food in the negative. How did it happen that food, contrary to its physiological function, is perceived as a threat to health and non-eating a salvation? Nutrition and diet saw a revolutionary change in the late nineteenth century. Historians have, however, not paid much attention to the fact that this change has had a significant impact on non-eating practices. Since 1850, the availability of food has improved to such an extent that non-eating has been able to acquire a socio-cultural function that went beyond religious fasting and food taboos. As a result, societies began to organise themselves on the basis of non-eating. This collection of essays makes a case for studying practices of non-eating in the modern age as palpable yardsticks for social order. The different forms of food avoidance being discussed in this special issue shed light on aspects of self-responsibility, public regulation and construction of meaning for individuals and communities at large, and thus allow historians to decipher and examine processes of change in societies.
"This is a compelling and enjoyable collection that clearly illustrates the promises of food studies and makes a strong case for the importance of not eating for understanding the experience of modernity." (Alice Weinreb, 29.11.2018, H-Soz-Kult, https://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-29631)
"Die Geschichte der Ernährung ist ohne die Geschichte des Hungers nicht zu verstehen. Der Forschungsstand zu diesem Thema ist jedoch hochdefizitär. Nicht allein deshalb ist der hier zu besprechende Sammelband besonders zu begrüßen. Das Buch stößt in eine empfindliche Forschungslücke vor [...] und dieser Aufschlag ist sehr gut gelungen." (Gunther Hirschfelder, Historische Zeitschrift 310.1 (2020), S. 108-113).