A Loaded Plate: Food Symbolism and the Early Modern Scottish Household

Nugent, Janay; Clark, Megan
May 2010
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p43
Academic Journal
The article discusses food symbolism and the early modern Scottish household. Food symbolism in the article includes ritualized special events as well as the daily consumption of family meals. The article looks at food symbolism as it relates to church, family, social status, and gender in order to examine the functioning of power structures in reformed Scottish society. The authors state that food symbolism was shaped by influential social players in order to challenge the power structure. The authors examine how reformers were able to manipulate food symbolism within the family as one way to reinforce the reformed agenda. Famines in early modern Europe are also discussed.


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