Food and Identity Culture of Disgust April 30th, 2013
Covered Reading: Schwabe, Calvin W., “Unmentionable Cuisine” (WEB)
I. WHAT IS DISGUST?
Something disgusting: inedible, hated, visually+texturally repulsive, mental (as opposed
to purely physiological)
Factors include: ingrained societal practices/norms, texture, smell, associations, origin,
sanitation, appearance, allergies, and religion.
Unlike the exotic that has some push-pull, the disgusting does not as easily become
Ex: Cannibalism, road kill.
II. DISGUST VS AVERSION
Disgust is more emotional, powerful, and likely rooted in culture/society. A food that one
cannot eat. Food aversion doesn't necessarily mean that food is inedible to that person,
but simply undesirable or unwanted.