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A taste of army life: Food, identity and the rankers of the first world war

Duffett, R (2012) 'A taste of army life: Food, identity and the rankers of the first world war.' Cultural and Social History, 9 (2). 251 - 267. ISSN 1478-0038

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Abstract

Food and military identity were inextricably linked in the British Army: rations were a thrice daily indicator of the men's separation from their civilian selves. The soldiers were what they ate, but they were also where and how they ate; the grubby rapacity of the barrack dining hall, the absence of civilizing cutlery and the unfamiliar food delineated their new role as clearly as any uniform. Institutional feeding facilitated the erasure of self, an unhelpful attribute in the military world. Men's accounts indicate the conflict between their appetites and what they all too often regarded as oppression in a dietary form. © The Social History Society 2012.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2011 13:43
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 11:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/584

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