SOCI-174-01 Food, Culture, and Politics
Spring for 2016-2017
Food, its production and consumption, is at the very core of our existence and inherently cultural, political and social. It is amongst 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 social appetite. Our scholarly journey through the world of food will explore methodologies and theories applicable to the analysis of food as we critically examine the following questions:
How can food have different meanings and uses for different people? How do such factors as gender, ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, the media, and corporate capitalism affect the foods we choose to eat (and those we choose to avoid) and the manner in which we consume them?
How does food function both to foster community feeling and drive wedges among people? What are some prevailing academic theories that help us identify and understand more nuanced meanings of food?
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