Food, Culture and Power


What should I eat today? This seemingly simple question transects the fields of health, environmental studies, economics, history, anthropology, religion, and many others. The foods we eat, the way we get them, the way we produce them, and the way in which we eat them speak volumes about our beliefs, our technology, our understanding of how the world works, and our ability to function within it. That is, food is an excellent way to explore culture. No actions are more deserving of critical attention than those that we do regularly, without much critical thought, and most of eat at least two or three times a day. In this class we'll explore how this food came to be here, why we like it, and what that says about us. This class will be reading and discussion heavy, with a midterm paper based on the readings and a final paper based on a topic of the students' choosing.
Course Attributes: EN S; BU BA; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC

Section 01

Food, Culture and Power
INSTRUCTOR: Richardson
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