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Week 1 — Introduction to Anthropology / Orientation to the Course
Meet Your Professor
(WebPage)
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Introduction
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Orientation
(.pdf) (.pptx)
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  • Main Characteristics of Anthropology
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    • the four fields of general anthropology
    • culture as a primary concept
    • comparative method as major approach
    • holism as a primary theoretical goal
    • fieldwork as a primary research technique
WebPage Summary
"Anthropology and . . . It's Parts" chart

Finding Information on Food of Different Countries and Cultures
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Week 2 — "Setting the Table for a Cultural Feast"
"Biocultural and Nutritional Needs"
Ch. 1, "Setting the Table For a Cultural Feast":
Introduction
(slides)

Biocultural Framework for the Study of Diet and Nutrition

  • Introduction (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • Nutritional Status (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • Biological Makeup (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • Human Nutrient Needs (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • Diet (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • Cuisine (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • The Environment: Physical / Sociocultural / Economic and Political (.pdf) (.pptx)

Food Systems
(.pdf) (.pptx)

Next Steps
(.pdf) (.pptx)

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Week 3 — "Diet and Human Evolution":
Archeology / Prehistory of Food and Subsistence
Ch. 2, "Diet and Human Evolution"
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Week 4 — "Food in Historical Perspectives: Dietary Revolution"
Ch. 3, "Food in Historical Perspective: Dietary Revolutions"
(slides)
  • The Neolithic "Agricultural" Revolution (.pdf) (.pptx)
    • Domestication (.pdf) (.pptx)
      • Tehuacán Valley, Mexico (.pdf) (.pptx)
    • A Protein Primer (.pdf) (.pptx)
    • Nutritional Consequences: Foragers and Agriculturalists (.pdf) (.pptx)
    • Social and Political Consequences of the Agricultural Revolution (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • The Search for Spices (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • The Industrial Revolution (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • Early Technology: Transportation, Refrigeration, Canning (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • The Scientific Revolution (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • Modern-Day Adaptations (.pdf) (.pptx)
  • Highlight: Vegetarian Diets: Then and Now
    (we'll do this "Now"—but not now)
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Week 5 — "Eating Is a Cultural Affair"
Ch. 4, Eating is a Cultural Affair
(slides)

Extreme Cuisine
(slides)

  • Entomophagy WebPage (Optional Resource)
  • "Eating Rat at the New Year," National Geographic News (ca. 3 min., 2008, on-line)
    • Viewing Guide for "Eating Rat at New Year"
  • Other National Geographic Film Clips and Related Dishes (optional)
Anthropophagy
(slides)
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Week 6 — "Food Technologies:
How People get their Food in Nonindustrialized Societies"
Ch. 5, Food Technologies: How People Get Their Food in Nonindustrial Societies:
Introduction

(slides)
"Foraging"
(slides)
"Horticulture"
(slides)
"Pastoralism"
(slides)
"Diet and Human Evolution"
"Intensive Agriculture"
(slides)
Contemporary Peasant Societies
(slides)
Where Do Cuisines Come From?
(slides)
Review "Food in Historical Perspective: Dietary Revolutions"
(slides)
 

Midterm Exam

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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Week 7 — "Food Technologies:
How People Get Their Food in Industrialized Societies" I
International Focus
Ch. 6, "Food Technologies—How People Get Their Food in Industrialized Societies," pp. 157-172
(slides)
The Cultural Feast
  • Food Technologies: Food in Industrial Societies
  • Farm Size
  • Contract Farming / Vertical Integration
  • Energy Used in Food Production
  • Soil Erosion
  • Social Costs
  • Diet and Health of Industrialized Agriculturalists
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Week 8 — "Food Technologies:
How People Get their Food in Industrialized Countries" 2

United Stated Focus
Ch. 6, "Food Tecnologies—How People Get Their Food in Industrialized Societies," pp. 157-172
(slides)
The Cultural Feast
(continued)
  • Food Technologies: Food in Industrial Societies
  • Farm Size
  • Contract Farming / Vertical Integration
  • Energy Used in Food Production
  • Soil Erosion
  • Social Costs
  • Diet and Health of Industrialized Agriculturalists
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Week 9 — "Food and Social Organization"
Food & Family
Ch. 7, "Food and Social Organization"
(slides)

Week 8 Reading Assignment for review Weeks 9 ff.

The Cultural Feast

  • Ch. 7, "Food and Social Organization," pp. 190-220

    • 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

The Meaning of Food pp. 106-157

Sherri A. Inness,
Secret Ingredients: Race, Gender, and Class at the Dinner Table

and friends
Chs. 1-7

Secret Ingredients slides: (.pdf) (.pptx)

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Week 10 — Physical Anthropology and Food
Obesity, Anorexia. .
Ch. 7, "Food and Social Organization"
(slides)

Sherri A. Inness,
Secret Ingredients: Race, Gender, and Class at the Dinner Table

and friends
Ch. 8

Two Fat Ladies slides: (.pdf) (.pptx)

Obesity and on Eating Disorders . . .

The "Obesity Epidemic" (.pdf) (.pptx)
Body Image and Eating Behaviors
(.pdf) (.pptx)
Eating Disorders
(.pdf) (.pptx)
Causes of Eating Disorders (.pdf) (.pptx)
Obesity, Eating Disorders: Applications (.pdf) (.pptx)

World Hungar / Malnutrition (slides)
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Week 11 — "Worldview, Religion, and Health Beliefs:
The Ideological Basis of Food Practices" 2
Religion
Ch. 8, "Worldview, Religion, and Health Beliefs: The Ideological Basis of Food Practices"
(slides)
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Week 12

"Hunger in Global Perspective"

"Addressing Global Food Issues"

Ch. 9, "Hunger in Global Perspective"
(slides)
The Cultural Feast
  • Food Sufficiency
  • Consequences of the Agricultural Revolution
  • Food Aid and Trade
  • Hunger and Malnutrition
  • Obesity Revisited
  • Projections for the Future
 
Ch. 10, "Addressing Global Food Issues"
(slides)
The Cultural Feast
  • Hunger and Malnutrition Revisited
  • Adequate Nutrition
  • Policy Options: Self-Sufficiency vs. Food Security of Small Farmers
  • Commercialization of Agriculture and Household Food Security
  • Entitlements
  • Nutritional Quality of Food, Education, and Household
  • Distribution
  • Health and Sanitation
  • Highlight: Women: A Pivotal Link in the Food Chain
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Week 13 — Food Politics
Provincial / State and National
Ch. 7, "Food and Social Organization"
(slides)
The Cultural Feast
 
Ch. 10, "Addressing Global Food Issues"
(slides)
The Cultural Feast
  • Hunger and Malnutrition Revisited
  • Adequate Nutrition
  • Policy Options: Self-Sufficiency vs. Food Security of Small Farmers
  • Commercialization of Agriculture and Household Food Security
  • Entitlements
  • Nutritional Quality of Food, Education, and Household
  • Distribution
  • Health and Sanitation
  • Highlight: Women: A Pivotal Link in the Food Chain
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Week 14 — Food Politics 2
International
EU Chocolate Wars: A Run-up to Scaling
slides: .pptx
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Week 15 —
Student Presentations
Summary / Review
Course Evaluation
The Future of Food

Final Exam

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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