Packaged Food, Packaged Life: Corporate Food in Metro Manila Slums
This book is about Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya's research on packaged food consumption and its negative impact on key aspects of life. A pioneering work on packaged-food diets in the global south, it is a reliable reference for readers interested in the retail and consumption of processed food especially by marginalized communities.
The author argues that the abundant consumption of corporate brands in slums does not merely stem from individual lifestyle choices but also is the result of historical circumstances that preclude good living conditions and limit opportunities for people who resort to corporate packaged food. Drawing on his own fieldwork and exhaustive review of related literatures, he identifies the constraints that characterize a packaged life not as a definitive status but as an ongoing process. His perspective comes from his own experiences as urban poor in Mexico and from the eclectic amalgamation of the Latin American ethical and political approach of buen vivir(living well or life in fullness) and its Philippine counterpart ginhawa (vital spirit that animates our well-being).
Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya received his doctoral degree in economics from Kyoto University.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Kyoto University Press, Japan
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 418 pages / BW