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Anthropologie - USA

Thèmes de recherche





The case of the mères lyonnaises offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the changing place of women in French society in the interwar and postwar years. Men have largely dominated the world of French professional cuisine. However, from 1930-1970 there were a number of women in Lyon, France who reached the pinnacles of this profession. These women are frequently referred to as the mères lyonnaises.

This research will use ethnographic and historical methods to explore the gender shifts that have occurred in the construction of a national French culture in the twentieth century—in this case, in the form of cuisine. This project will look at prominent historical case studies and connect the under-recorded historical presence of women in professional cuisine to the narratives of Lyonnais women currently cooking in professional spheres.

Activités / CV


Rachel E. Black is assistant professor and academic coordinator of the Gastronomy Program at Boston University. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Università degli Studi di Torino in Italy and a Masters in History from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Black completed a post-doctoral fellowship from 2007-2008 at the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy. She has been a lecturer in History and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and in the Master in Food Systems at the Open University of Catalonia. Black is associate editor for the interdisciplinary journal Food and Foodways and co-editor of the “Food, culture and nutrition” book series for Berghahn Books. She has served on the executive board of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition for the past six years. Black has conducted ethnographic and historical research on open-air marketplaces in Italy and France, urban agriculture, cooperative agriculture in Northern Italy, and the natural wine movement.



  • Co-Editor with Robert Ulin, Wine and Culture: From the Vineyard to the Glass, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
  • Porta Palazzo: The Anthropology of an Italian Market, Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
  • Editor, Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopaedia, Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCLIO/ Greenwood Press, 2010

Articles and book chapters

  • Green Vancouver: Creating place and local food through urban agricultureCuizine, Vol. 4(1) 2013.
  • “Food Studies” in Ken Albala, ed. Food Studies Handbook, New York, NY: Routledge, 2012: 201-208.
  • Wine MemorySensate Journal, 2012.
  • “Buona Forchetta: Overeating in Italy” in Haines, H. & C. Sammells, eds. Adventures in Eating: Anthropological Tales of Dining Around the World, Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Press, 2010: 191-202
  • “Market gardening in Florence: Transgressing urban and rural borders in the struggle for local food” in Ávila, de Garine & Medina (eds.). Food shared and imaginary cultural borders. Guadalajara, Mexico: Estudios del Hombre, 2009
  • “Aqua minerale di San Gemini: the Italian mineral water industry finds a place at the table” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 2009, vol. 14(2): 184-198.
  • “Eating garbage: Socially marginal provisioning practices” in Mac Clancy, J., Henry, J. & Macbeth, H. eds. Consuming the inedible: Neglected dimensions of food choice, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007: 141-150.
  • Black, Rachel & Mike Morris. "El món està alerta: construcció de la identitat urbana a les ciutats olímpiques", in Revista d'Etnologia de Catalunya, 31 (dossier: Espais urbans, F. X. Medina & R. Sánchez, coord.). Barcelona, Nov. 2007: 8-17.
  • “Porta Palazzo: The market as a tourist attraction” in Tresserras, J. and F.X. Medina (eds.) Patrimonio gastrónomico y turismo cultural en el Mediterráneo. Barcelona: Ibertur, Universitat de Barcelona I Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània, 2007 : 327-344.
  • “Feeding the city: Social welfare, food supply and urban markets in Lyon, France” Journal of the Oxford University History Society, Michaelmas (3), 2005, (ISSN-1742-4146X).
  • “The Porta Palazzo Farmers’ Market: Local food, regulations and changing traditions” Anthropology of Food (ISSN-1609-9168) December 2004.