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This introductory chapter provides an overview on the contents of the various chapters in this book. Keeping in mind, the multilayered and complex nature of food globalization processes, in this research endeavors to &t;broaden the horizons of globalized food inquiry&t; by taking a production-side point of view. The book is mainly devoted to the study of white and blue-collar occupations, as in the Western tradition of the sociology of work and occupation. it uses the terms globalization and domestication interchangeably. It details the passage of pizza from the table of the poor to the royal table and from Italy to the rest of the world. The research is based on data collected mostly through historical sources (both primary and secondary), print and electronic media text analysis, participant observation in Tokyo restaurants and face-to- face, semi-structured qualitative interviews with pizzaiolos and actors involved in the Italian restaurant business.

Keywords: food globalization; Italian restaurant business; Italy; pizza; sociology of work and occupation

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