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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 transformed 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, a biopolitical and aesthetic set of practices that reinscribe dominant racial and gendered orders. Through critical readings of high-end menus and ethnographic analysis of culinary festivals, guinea pig production, and national-branding campaigns, this work explores the intersections of race, species, and capital to reveal links between gastronomy and violence in Peru.

University of California Press, 9780520301894, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2021

About the Author

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