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Text Assignments Summary



All readings except "TBA" are from the textbooks listed on the textbook web page:

 

       
Week 1 — Introduction to Anthropology / Orientation to the Course
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The Cultural Feast

Ch. 1, "Setting the Table For a Cultural Feast"

The materials from Ch. 1 will be reviewed next week in the Week 2 slide presentations

Figure 1.1 Biocultural Framework for the Study of Diet and Nutrition

Nutrition Labels


       
Week 2 — "Setting the Table for a Cultural Feast"
"Biocultural and Nutritional Needs"
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The Cultural Feast

Ch. 2, "Diet and Human Evolution"

Food Guide Pyramid -- Wikipedia

The materials from Ch. 2 will be reviewed next week in the Week 3 slide presentations

 
       
Week 3 — "Diet and Human Evolution":
Archeology / Prehistory of Food and Subsistence
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The Cultural Feast

Ch. 3, "Food in Historical Perspective: Dietary Revolutions"

Archeological Sequence from Tehuacán, Mexico

Food Guide Pyramid -- Wikipedia

The materials from Ch. 3 will be reviewed next week in the Week 4 slide presentations

 
       
Week 4 — "Food in Historical Perspectives: Dietary Revolution"
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The Cultural Feast

Ch. 4, "Eating Is a Cultural Affair"

The materials from Ch. 4 will be reviewed next week in the Week 5 slide presentations

 
   

The materials from The Meaning of Food pp. 60-105 will be reviewed next week in the the video The Meaning of Food: "Food & Culture"

 
       
Week 5 — "Eating Is a Cultural Affair"
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The Cultural Feast

Ch. 5, "Food Technologies: How People Get Their Food in Nonindustrialized Societies"

The materials from Ch. 5 will be supplemented this week with the video Desert People (51 min., 1965, B/W, UMD Library No. VC 1094), a classic film on one of the last gathering / foraging peoples discovered.

 
   

Omnivore's Dilemma

Ch. 15 "The forager"

Ch. 16 "The omnivore's dilemma"

Ch. 17 "The ethics of eating animals"

We're starting this book here, with Michael Pollan's discussion of "The forager" and "The ethics of eating animals" as next week we begin having a closer look at hunting / gathering / foraging as a way people get their food in nonindustrialized societies.

 
   

The Meaning of Food, pp. 83-105

The materials from The Meaning of Food, pp. 60-105 will be reviewed this week in the the video The Meaning of Food: "Food & Culture."

 
       
Week 6 — "Food Technologies:
How People get their Food in Nonindustrialized Societies"
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Review for Midterm Exam

su2014 Midterm Exam Submitted Question to Wiki
due to the Moodle logo. wiki by the end of Week 4, Friday, 13 June 2014

You can review the questions and my notations there, and use them as study questions

 
   

Day 12 Week 6: The Anthropology of Food f2f Midterm Exam will be in class, Thursday, 27 February 2014, 3:30-4:45

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Topic 6: The Anthropology of Food on-line Midterm Exam will be availableThursday-Friday, 19-20 June 2014
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Week 7 — "Food Technologies:
How People Get Their Food in Industrialized Societies" I
International Focus
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The Cultural Feast

Ch. 6, "Food Technologies How People Get Their Food in Industrialized Societies," pp. 157-172
 
   

Omnivore's Dilemma

  • Ch. 18 "Hunting: the meat"

  • Ch. 19 "Gathering: the fungi"

  • Ch. 20 "The perfect meal"

We're continue this book here, with Michael Pollan's discussion of Hunting and Gathering, and in Ch. 5 of The Cultural Feast we have a closer look at hunting / gathering /foraging as a way people get their food in nonindustrialized societies.

Chapter 5 of The Cultural Feast, focuses on "Food Technologies: How People Get Their Food in Nonindustrial Societies."

 
       
Week 8 — "Food Technologies:
How People Get their Food in Industrialized Countries" 2

United Stated Focus
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The Meaning of Food, pp. 106-122

The materials from The Meaning of Food pp. 106-157 will be reviewed next week in the the video The Meaning of Food: "Food & Family."

 
   

The Cultural Feast

Ch. 7, "Food and Social Organization"

  • Food as a Means of Solidifying Social Ties
    • Kinship and Family Alliances
    • Building Relationships with Neighbors and Friends
  • Food as a Means of Strengthening Economic and Political Alliances
    • Trade
    • Food as a Gift
    • Political Alliances
  • Food and Social Status
    • Food and Gender
    • Food and Socioeconomic Position
    • Food as a Symbol of Prestige
  • Food and the Life Cycle
 
       
Week 9 — "Food and Social Organization"
Food & Family
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The Meaning of Food, pp. 123-157

The materials from The Meaning of Food pp. 106-157 will be reviewed today in the the video The Meaning of Food: "Food & Family."

 
   

The Cultural Feast

Ch. 8, "World View, Religion, and Health Beliefs: Ideological Basis of Food Practices"

Food Guide Pyramid -- Wikipedia

 
       
Week 10 — Physical Anthropology and Food
Obesity, Anorexia . . .
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The Meaning of Food, pp. 1-33

The materials from The Meaning of Food pp. 1-33 will be reviewed next week in the the video The Meaning of Food: "Food & Life."

 
   
Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Introduction: our national eating disorder
  • Ch. 5 "The processing plant: making complex foods
  • Ch. 6 "The consumer: a republic of fat"
  • Ch. 7 "The meal: fast food"
 
       
Week 11 — "Worldview, Religion, and Health Beliefs:
The Ideological Basis of Food Practices" 2
Religion
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The Meaning of Food, pp. 33-59

The materials from The Meaning of Food, pp. 33-59 will be reviewed this week in the the video The Meaning of Food: "Food & Life."

 
   

The Cultural Feast

  • Ch. 9, "Hunger in Global Perspective"
 
       

Week 12 —

"Hunger in Global Perspective"

"Addressing Global Food Issues"

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The Cultural Feast

  • Ch. 10, "Addressing Global Food Issues"

  • Ch. 11, "Dietary Behavior Change: How People Change Eating Habits"

    • not assigned reading, but if you expect to go into or be a part of any program or company involved in dietary behavior change (including advertising and marketing), it would be a good idea to read this chapter. Materials from this chapter may also be used as the optional "Take-Home" question that you make up yourself.

  • Ch. 12, "Designing Large-Scale Programs to Change Dietary Practices"

    • not assigned reading, but as with Chapter 11, if you expect to go into or be a part of any large-scale program or company involved in dietary behavior change (including advertising and marketing), it would be a good idea to read this chapter. Materials from this chapter may also be used as the optional "Take-Home" question that you make up yourself.
 
       
Week 13 — Food Politics
Provincial / State and National
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  • Ch. 8 "All flesh is grass"
  • Ch. 9 "Big Organic"
  • Ch. 10 "Grass: thirteen ways of looking at a pasture"
  • Ch. 11 "The animals: practicing complexity"
 
   

Ketchup bottle.

catch up / review / preview
 
       
Week 14 — Food Politics 2
International
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Omnivore's Dilemma

  • Ch. 12, "Slaughter: in a glass abattoir"
  • Ch. 13, "The market: 'greetings from non-barcode people'"
  • Ch. 14, "The meal: grass-fed"
 
       
   

s2014 Final Exam Submitted Question to Wiki
due by the end of Week 14, by Friday, 2 May 2014

su2014 on-line Final Exam Submitted Question to Wiki
due by the end of Week 10, by Friday, 25 July 2014

s2014 Term Paper (up to 400 points)
due three days after your presentation

su2014 Term Paper (up to 400 points)
due on-line in Moodle logo. by the end of Week 11, Friday 1 August 2014

AVISO: Late Term Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?

 
       
Week 15 —
Student Presentations
Summary / Review
Course Evaluation
The Future of Food
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Catch up, and review for Final Exam

s2014 Extra Credit Paper
due by the end of Week 13, by Friday, 25 April 2014


su2014 Extra Credit Paper
due by the end of Week 10, by Friday, 25 July 2014


AVISO: Late Extra Credit Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?

 
       
 

Week 16 ("Finals Week"): The f2f Anthropology of Food Final Exam is scheduled for 2:00-3:55 p.m., Friday, 16 May 2014, in Cina 214


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Topic 14 (Last Week of Class): The on-line Anthropology of Food Final Exam for su2014 will be available Thursday-Friday, 31 July-01August 2014
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Week 15 — Finals "Week"
   
Find a good book on Anthropology of Food and have a look at it
 
       

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