The discipline of religious studies often misses how climate change drives shifts across its domains of interpretation by treating it as a special object. This essay depicts how cultural stress from anthropogenic changes in planetary systems may be illuminated through what cultures and movements are doing with food and argues that it makes sense to interpret some of those gastronomic functions with religious analyses. Insofar as food movements attempt to reckon with changing relations of a postnatural world, or cultivate formations of identity and agency from which to make meaning from those relations, they implicitly display how climate can influence dimensions of life often approached through the study of religion.
Research Article|January 01 2017
Willis Jenkins; Feasts of the Anthropocene: Beyond Climate Change as Special Object in the Study of Religion. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2017; 116 (1): 69–81. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-3749326
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