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Books: Elite Authenticity: Mapes

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Subject: Elite Authenticity: Mapes
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Title: Elite Authenticity
Subtitle: Remaking Distinction in Food Discourse
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Published: 2021
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Gwynne Mapes
Hardback: ISBN: 9780197533444 Pages: 220 Price: U.S. $ 125
Paperback: ISBN: 9780197533451 Pages: 220 Price: U.S. $ 39.95

In Elite Authenticity, Gwynne Mapes integrates theories of mediatization, materiality, and authenticity in order to explore the discursive production of elite status and class inequality in food discourse. Relying on a range of methodological approaches, Mapes examines restaurant reviews and articles published in the New York Times food section; a collection of Instagram posts from nytfood; ethnographically-informed fieldwork in four renowned Brooklyn, NY, restaurants; and a recorded dinner conversation with six food-enthusiasts. Across these varied genres of data, she demonstrates how a discourse of "elite authenticity" represents a particular surfacing of rhetorical maneuvers in which distinction is orchestrated, avowed/disavowed, and circulated.

Elite Authenticity takes a multimodal critical discourse analysis approach, drawing on theories from linguistics, food and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy. Its presentation and analysis of aural, visual, spatial, material, and embodied discourse will be of interest to scholars and students of communication studies, critical discourse studies, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and cultural geography.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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