16 February 2014 – Keywords and Food Words

Peter Jackson’s book Food Words: essays in culinary culture – written with others working on the CONANX project (Consumer Culture in an age of Anxiety) – is part inspired by Raymond Williams Keywords which has just been re-issued.

Keywords is also the inspiration behind a new exhibition at Tate Liverpool (28 Feb to 11 May 2014) subtitled Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain. This uses some of Raymond Williams’s terms to frame and organize the artworks. As the reviewer in The Guardian (15 Feb, 2014) says of this partnering, it brings out ‘a shared sense of a country in flux, where fundamental issues are up for grabs’. Recent economic turbulence is re-igniting issues about language – and as Food Words has entries that address, for example, ‘anxiety’, ‘class’, ‘moral economy’, ‘responsibility’, ‘sustainability’ and ‘waste’ – I am intrigued, and intend to read both books and visit the exhibition.


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