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Spectacles of revulsion: The challenges of “Bush-tucker” as contemporary cuisine

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Nicole AnaeNicole Anae
Coined in the 1880s as a phrase combining “bush”—vernacular for the Australian topography—and “tucker”—an idiom for “food”—the cultural commodification of “bush-tucker” makes for instructive reading in the ecopolitical implications of cultural evolutions in food commodification, and the cultural fashioning of food forms as popular entertainment. The contemporary aestheticization of “bush-tucker” as pejorative is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in reality television programs such as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, Survivor, and The Biggest Loser, among others. Whereas nineteenth-century white colonists often survived on “bush-tucker” while simultaneously disavowing its Indigenous origins, the so-called “survival” of contemporary reality-show contestants relies as much on their capacity to endure food-trials in which the consumption of these “bush” forms signifies triumph over repulsion as on defining such challenges as the ultimate spectacle of ingestion and revulsion as popular entertainment.

History

Editor

Davis HL; Pilgrim K; Sinha M

Parent Title

Ecopolitics of Consumption: The Food Trade

Start Page

33

End Page

55

Number of Pages

23

ISBN-13

9781498519953

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield

Place of Publication

Lanham, MD

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Not affiliated to a Research Institute; School of Education and the Arts (2013- );

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

11