Calls for papers



Special Issue on: "Global Study of Culture, Food Practices, and Health"

Guest Editor:
Eric Y. Liu, Buffalo State College, USA

Food choices and eating habits vary across cultures and societies. What people choose to eat or not eat, how they obtain and prepare food, and when they eat differ widely from culture to culture and from region to region.

Food choices and eating habits – considered by many social scientists as resulting from learned collective behaviours – reflect the core values and norms of a cultural group. In many ethno-religious communities, for instance, people believe that certain types of food have medical qualities and use the food to promote health and cure disease.

Thus, food cultures and their health implications deserve serious research from interdisciplinary perspectives. Studying the nutrition and health issues of a wide range of cultural and population groups has become increasingly important as transnational migration flows continue to spread traditional food cultures and create new trends in food cultures around the globe.

This special issue focuses on the role of culture in influencing eating habits, attitudes towards food, and health outcomes. It invites research papers from across disciplines and from around the world.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Mapping diverse food cultures
  • Trends in food cultures in global or regional processes
  • New developments in theoretical perspectives
  • Impacts of culture on eating habits and health outcomes
  • Comparative studies of food cultures
  • Policy implications of global study of food cultures

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 1 October, 2012