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Kalashnikov and cooking-spoon: neo-Nazism, veganism and lifestyle on YouTube

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posted on 2017-01-20, 11:07 authored by Bernhard Forchtner, Ana Tominc
Food consumption has always been a deeply symbolic, identity-related issue. But contrary to the intuitive assumption which links meat-free diets to peace-loving, left-leaning actors and ideologies, this article illustrates how a group of (German) neo-Nazis, Balaclava Küche (Balaclava Kitchen), appropriates vegan diet in their YouTube cooking videos. Analysing these videos, supported by an interview with the group, we inquire into the various ways in which cooking and food consumption are intertwined with their (everyday) politics. We close the article by putting their attitude into a wider perspective, suggesting an ideal-typical model of how links between culture, nature and identity can be understood.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Action) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under REA grant agreement no. 327595.

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Citation

Food, Culture, and Society, 2017, 20 (3), pp. 415-441

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media and Communication

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Food

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)

issn

1552-8014

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1751-7443

Acceptance date

2016-11-14

Copyright date

2017

Available date

2019-01-25

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15528014.2017.1337388

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The file associated with this record is under embargo until 18 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.

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