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Food Stories of Difficult Children, Manufacturing of Disgust and Experience of the Crohn Disease

Abstract : The collected data on which we rely here is based on a series of 60 semi-directed conversations led by adults (18- to 38-years old), living in the southwest of France. The interviewees were classified into two groups, one composed of 30 persons affected by Crohn’s disease (c d) and other of 30 “well carrying” witnesses . The method used was one of life narratives: we accompany these people as they regress in time, at least 10 years prior to our meeting. In these autobiographies they expose their food models with their words and what they say corresponds to their beliefs. The described situation adjoins the assertion of B. J. Good: “the faith holds place of unchecked representative of the culture”. The borrowed form of this anthropological approach to c d concerns what is perceived, by them, as a lifestyle predisposed, more or less, to this disease. The results presented here concentrate on the food disgusts of childhood foods, relative to persons recently diagnosed (within five years) with c d, the common vernacular elements regarding their food, and the possible reasons of these refutations.
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Virginie Masdoua. Food Stories of Difficult Children, Manufacturing of Disgust and Experience of the Crohn Disease. Estudios del hombre, 2009, Food, Imaginaries and Cultural Frontiers Essays in Honour of Helen Macbeth, 24, pp.45-61. ⟨halshs-00480044⟩

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