SOCI-173-01 Food, Farms, & Society
Spring for 2017-2018
Food, its production and consumption, is at the very core of our existence and inherently cultural, political and social. It is among our biggest industries; our most frequently indulged pleasure; a central ingredient in the social construction of identity and community; and also the object of major concern for disease, the environment, and world hunger.
This stimulating course will give you an intellectual overview of the main issues and topics relevant to studying the cultural, political, economic and social forces that shape our food system. Our scholarly journey through the food system will explore methodologies and theories applicable to the analysis of food as we critically examine the following questions: How do such factors as ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, place, the media, and corporate capitalism affect what – and whether – people eat? In what ways do the practices and patterns of food production, distribution, and trade affect global and local inequality? How can changes to the food system contribute to social and economic change? What are some of the prevailing sociological approaches that enrich our understanding of the global food system and our place within it?
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