Food is vital for our survival as human beings, but it also plays a major role in how people determine where they fit in their society, remember their collective histories, and shape their lives. In this unit, students are encouraged to consider the implications of anthropological findings on how culture determines what people consider food and how politics shapes what people consume and how we do so.
Goodman, Alan, and Thomas L. Leatherman. 2005. “Coca-Colonization of Diets in the Yucatan.” Social Science and Medicine 61 (4): 833–846.
Mintz, Sidney W., and Christine M. Du Bois. 2002. “The Anthropology of Food and Eating.” Annual Review of Anthropology 31: 99–119.
Podcast Episode: SAPIENS’ “Eating Insects and the Yuck Factor”
Web Journal: French Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences’ Anthropology of Food
Video Series: PBS’ The Meaning of Food
Eshe Lewis (2020)