The historical development of industrial and domestic food technologies


Th is chapter depicts the various ways different scholarship strands and methodological approaches have explained and examined industrial and domestic food technologies. It looks at U.S. and European research and also at developments elsewhere. Th e text follows a science and technology studies (STS) orientation, a perspective that stands against technological determinism and underscores the social and cultural embeddedness of technological artifacts. Having assessed the emergence of research in this broad field, the second and third parts of the chapter present the main tenets of the STS approach, describing its main concepts to facilitate the examination of three key debates around gender, time, and competence. Th e chapter closes with a critical appraisal of the direction of recent and future work in the field.