Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
SOC 312 Food, Self, and Society
4 hours; 4 credits
A sociological, anthropological, and geographical examination of the ways in which the production and consumption of food shape and are shaped by the self and the social world. A major theme of the course will be the gendering of food through topics such as women’s traditional roles as home cooks, women laborers in global food production, and female body image. Particular attention will be given to the meaning of practices of eating, preparing, and sharing food for the individual, family, community, and nation, and how these practices are influenced by larger forces such as social inequality and globalization. Students are expected to conduct primary research.
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