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The Life of Cheese [electronic resource] :Crafting Food and Value in America.

Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: California studies in food and culture: 41.Publisher: University of California Press 2012Description: 1 online resource (322 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780520954021 (electronic bk.); 0520954025 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Ethnology | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- General | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural | EthnologyGenre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 306.4 | 637.3 Online resources: EBSCOhost Summary: Cheese is alive, and alive with meaning. Heather Paxson's beautifully written anthropological study of American artisanal cheesemaking tells the story of how craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value for producers as well as consumers. Dairy farmers and artisans inhabit a world in which their colleagues and collaborators are a wild cast of characters, including plants, animals, microorganisms, family members, employees, and customers. As "unfinished" commodities, living products whose qualities are not fully settled, handmade cheeses embody a mix of new and old ideas about taste and value. By exploring the life of cheese, Paxson helps rethink the politics of food, land, and labor today.
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Cheese is alive, and alive with meaning. Heather Paxson's beautifully written anthropological study of American artisanal cheesemaking tells the story of how craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value for producers as well as consumers. Dairy farmers and artisans inhabit a world in which their colleagues and collaborators are a wild cast of characters, including plants, animals, microorganisms, family members, employees, and customers. As "unfinished" commodities, living products whose qualities are not fully settled, handmade cheeses embody a mix of new and old ideas about taste and value. By exploring the life of cheese, Paxson helps rethink the politics of food, land, and labor today.

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