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Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race

Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru (California Studies in Food and Culture #76)

María Elena García


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In recent years, Peru has experienced a transformation from a war-torn country to a global high-end culinary destination. Connecting chefs, state agencies, global capital, and Indigenous producers, this "gastronomic revolution" makes powerful claims: food unites Peruvians, dissolves racial antagonisms, and fuels development. Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race critically evaluates these claims and tracks the emergence of Peruvian gastropolitics, understood as a biopolitical and aesthetic set of practices that reinscribe dominant racial and gendered orders. Through ethnographic analysis and critical readings of high-end menus, culinary festivals, guinea pig production, national-branding campaigns, and other elements of Peru's gastropolitical complex, this work explores the intersections of race, species, and capital to reveal links between gastronomy and violence.

University of California Press, 9780520301894, 303pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2021

About the Author

María Elena García is Associate Professor in the Comparative History of Ideas Department at the University of Washington.