Slow food and the politics of pork fat

Italian food and European identity

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This paper explores the emergence of the Slow Food Movement, an international consumer movement dedicated to the protection of 'endangered foods.' The history of one of these 'endangered foods', lardo di Colonnata, provides the ethnographic window through which I examine Slow Food's cultural politics. The paper seeks to understand the politics of 'slowness' within current debates over European identity, critiques of neo-liberal models of rationality, and the significant ideological shift towards market-driven politics in advanced capitalist societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-462
Number of pages26
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • slow food
  • Italy
  • consumption
  • European identity
  • social movements

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