The sausage: an agent of xenophobia?

Dr. Keir Waddington, reader in History and Head of History and Welsh History at the Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, Wales, is in the process of examining the cultural position of the sausage.

His recent paper : The Dangerous Sausage: Diet, Meat and Disease in Victorian and Edwardian Britain (Cultural and Social History, Volume 8, Number 1, March 2011 , pp. 51-71(21))

"… explores the material culture of the sausage to ask questions about the nature of food consumption and the relationship between meat and quality in Victorian and Edwardian Britain."

His university webpage gives more details regarding the ongoing sausage project entitled : Sausages, Diets and Disease.

"One strand of this project explores the material culture of the sausage to ask questions about the nature of food consumption and the relationship between meat and quality in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. A further strange examines the cultural position of the sausage and how it came to be used as a vehicle for xenophobia and cultural stereotyping."

(Our emphasis.)

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