September 4, 2011

Mintz: A sense of purpose

"Studies of the everyday in modern life, of the changing character of mundane matters like food, viewed from the joined perspective of production and consumption, use and function, and concerned with the differential emergence and variation of meaning, may be one way to inspirit a discipline now dangerously close to losing its sense of purpose."

--Sidney Mintz, Sweetness and Power 1985: 213.

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