Fall 2007

The Anthropology of Food

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-39


Deborah B. Gewertz (Section 01)


Because food is necessary to sustain biological life, its production and provision occupy humans everywhere. Due to this essential importance, food also operates to create and symbolize collective life. This seminar will examine the social and cultural significance of food. Topics to be discussed include: the evolution of human food systems, the social and cultural relationships between food production and human reproduction, the development of women's association with the domestic sphere, the meaning and experience of eating disorders, and the connection between ethnic cuisines, nationalist movements and social classes. Limited to 25 students. First semester. Professor Gewertz.