Vegetarianism and the Social Sciences:  A Bibliography
Note:  This bibliography includes research-based and theoretical works on the social aspects of vegetarianism.  If you know of any other such works than are listed here, please email me at
Amato, Paul, and Sonia Partridge.  1989.  The New Vegetarians:  Promoting Health and Protecting Life.  New York:  Plenum.
Back, Kurt, and Margaret Glasgow.  1981.  "Social Networks and Psychological Conditions in Dietary Preferences:  Gourmets and Vegetarians."  Basic and Applied Social Psychology 2:1-9.
Beardsworth, Alan, and Teresa Keil.  1992. "The Vegetarian Option:  Varieties, Conversions, Motives, and Careers."  The Sociological Review 40:253-293.
Beardsworth, Alan, and Teresa Keil.  1993.  "Contemporary Vegetarianism in the U.K.:  Challenge and Incorporation?"  Appetite 20:229-234.
Cooper, Charles, Thomas N. Wise, and Lee S. Mann.  1985.  "Psychological and Cognitive Characteristics of Vegetarians."  Psychosomatics 26(6):521-527.
Jabs, Jennifer, Carol M. Devine, and Jeffery Sobal.  1998.  "Maintaining Vegetarian Diets:  Personal Factors, Social Networks, and Environmental Resourcs."  Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 59(4):183-189.
Jabs, Jennifer, Carol M. Devine, and Jeffery Sobal.  1998.  "Model of the Process of Becoming a Vegetarian:  Health Vegetarians and Ethical Vegetarians."  Journal of Nutrition Education30:196-202.
Jabs, Jennifer, Jeffery Sobal, and Carol M. Devine.  2000.  "Managing Vegetarianism:  Identities, Norms and Interactions."  Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 39:375-394.
Hamilton, Malcolm.  2000.  "Eating Ethically:  'Spiritual' and 'Quasi-Religious' Aspects of Vegetarianism."  Journal of Contemporary Religion 15(1):65-83.
Kim, Esther, H., Karen M. Schroeder, Robert F. Houser, Jr., and Johanna T. Dwyer.  1999.  "Two Small Surveys, 25 Years Apart, Investigating Motivations of Dietary Choice in 2 Groups of Vegetarians in the Boston Area."  Journal of the American Dietetic Association 95(5):598-601.
MacNair, Rachel.  1998.  "The Psychology of Becoming a Vegetarian."  Vegetarian Nutrition 2:96-102.
Maurer, Donna.  1995.  "Meat as a Social Problem:  Rhetorical Strategies in the Contemporary Vegetarian Literature."  Pp. 143-164 in Eating Agendas:  Food and Nutrition as Social Problems, edited by Donna Maurer and Jeffery Sobal.  Hawthorne, NY:  Aldine de Gruyter.  Click for excerpt.
Maurer, Donna.  2002.  Vegetarianism:  Movement or Moment? Philadephia:  Temple University Press.
Dietz, Thomas, Ann Stirling Frisch, Linda Lalof, Paul C. Stern, and Gregory Guagnono.  1995. "Values and Vegetarianism:  An Exploratory Analysis." Rural Sociology 60(3):533-542.
This bibliography of vegetarianism and the social sciences was created by Donna Maurer, Ph.D., author of Vegetarianism: Movement or Moment? (Temple University Press, 2002).
Maurer, Donna. 1999.  "Too Skinny or Vibrant and Healthy?: Weight Management in the Vegetarian Movement." Pp. 209-229 in Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems, edited by Jeffery Sobal and Donna Maurer.  Hawthorne, NY:  Aldine de Gruyter.
McKenzie, John. 1971.  "Profile on Vegans."  Plant Foods in Human Nutrition 2(2):79-88.
Ossipow, Lawrence.  1995. "Vegetarianism and Fatness: An Undervalued Perception of the Body."  Pp. 127-143 in The Social Aspects of Obesity, edited by I. de Garine and N. J. Pollack.  Luxembourg, Belgium: Gordon and Breach.
Delahoyde, Michael, and Susan C. Despenich. 1994. "Creating Meat-Eaters: The Child as Advertising Target."  Journal of Popular Culture 28(1):135-149.
Adams, Carol. 1991.  The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory.  New York: Continuum.
Dwyer, Johanna, Laura D.V. H. Mayer, Kathryn Dowd, Randy Frances Kandel, and Jean Mayer. 1974. "The New Vegetarians:  The Natural High?" Journal of the American Dietetic Association 65:529-536.
Dwyer, Johanna, Laura Mayer, Randy F. Kandel, and Jean Mayer.  1973. "The New Vegetarians: Who Are They?" Journal of the American Dietetic Association 62:503-509.
Fiddes, Nick. 1997. "Declining Meat: Past, Present . . . and Future Imperfect?" Pp.252-266 in Food, Health, and Identity, edited by Pat Caplan.  New York: Routledge.
Fiddes, Nick. 1991.  Meat: A Natural Symbol.  New York: Routledge.
Freeland-Graves, Jeanne H., Sue Greninger, Glenn R. Graves, and Robert K. Young.  1986.  "Health Practices, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Vegetarians and Nonvegetarians."  Journal of the American Dietetic Association 86:913-918..
Freeland-Graves, Jeanne H., Sue Greninger, and Robert K. Young.  "A Demographic and Social Profile of Age- and Sex-Matched Vegetarians and Nonvegetarians." Journal of the American Dietetic Association 86:907-913
Gvion-Rosenberg, Liora.  1990. "Why Do Vegetarian Restaurants Serve Hamburgers? Toward an Understanding of a Cuisine." Semotica 80 (1-2):61-79.
to be continued