To Eat or Not to Eat? A Short Path from Vegetarianism to Cannibalism

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Abstract

Subjective reasoning and chemical composition are not the sole arbiters of our systems of alimentary taste; consumption of food is also defined by cultural orientation and other complex value systems. There are those who choose to consume only plant matter to respect the rights of animals, equally there are those who consume pets without a second thought. What informs these choices depends on how we understand our own place in the world, the values we attribute to the things that surrounds us, the relationships we maintain with our fellow beings and those with living things in general. It is in the space between those variable definitions that we find food taboos and the complex stories which entwine around them. Above all else comes cannibalism, present today not only as a hypothetical act in which only the wildest savages could take part but also as the basis of varying forms of current communication. Cannibalism is at work in advertising and in television programs, in modern rituals and in unconventional marketing campaigns. In this paper we will attempt to explain its meaning in connection with the more general way of how to catalogue and understand the consumption of food.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)531-560
Numero di pagine30
RivistaInternational Journal for the Semiotics of Law
Volume31
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Law

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