TITLE

The Opacity of Reduction

AUTHOR(S)
Yates-Doerr, Emily
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Food, Culture & Society;Jun2012, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p293
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores the process of consolidating technical and historically contingent ideas about nourishment into seemingly straightforward terms such as vitamins and minerals. I study the adoption of scientific principles of abstraction and reduction as a strategy of nutrition education in three Guatemalan highland sites: an elementary school classroom, a rural clinic, and the obesity outpatient center of Guatemala's third-largest public hospital. I show that despite its pretense of simplicity the reductionism of nutritional black-boxing produces confusion. Moreover, dietary education not dependent upon simplified and fixed rules and standards may be more intelligible to people seeking nourishment in their lives.
ACCESSION #
75900345

 

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