Traditionalism or Rationality?

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The paper describes the early introduction of the potato in Sweden - and the process whereby it has become an important staple. Although consumption has decreased since the 1930s. the potato still holds its position as one of the traditional foodstuffs, which could be interpreted as a sign of conservatism regarding people's food choice. Via data concerning potato consumption in contemporary households the paper questions this conclusion. By pinpointing considerable changes in food practices - and attitudes toward the cooked dinner -it is suggested that this single item rather expresses the dynamics or food habits and its constantly and successfully capacity for adjusting to surrounding living and working conditions.

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Jansson, S., (1994) “Traditionalism or Rationality?”, Ethnologia Europaea 24(1), p.149-154. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1832

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Sören Jansson (University of Stockholm)

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