Fall 2021 The Anthropology of Food
Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-339
Formerly listed as: ANTH-39
Course (Login required) Faculty Deborah B. Gewertz (Section 01) Description
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 among ethnic cuisines, nationalist movements and social classes.
Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Gewertz.
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work and reading. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
If Overenrolled: If the course is overenrolled, will privilege majors and ask students to provide the reasons they wish to take the course. Course times and locations ANTH 339 - L/D Section 01 W 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM WEBS 220 Textbooks
Below are the textbooks used in this course, along with pricing information and availability at local bookstores. The price range shown is based upon queries to multiple online booksellers; click on the the price field to see detailed pricing information.
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
9780140092332 Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History Penguin Books Mintz, Sidney W. Amherst Books From $5.98-$21.72
9780143038580 The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Penguin Pollan, Michael Amherst Books From $4.99-$25.50
9780292712362 Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society University of Texas Press Conklin, Beth A. Amherst Books From $7.53-$38.20
9780520240544 Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Tenth Anniversary Edition University of California Press Bordo, Susan - Heywood, Leslie Amherst Books From $5.95-$50.59
9780520275140 Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (Volume 27) (California Series in Public Anthropology) University of California Press Seth Holmes Amherst Books From $10.00-$43.92
9780520276345 The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century University of California Press Errington, Frederick - Gewertz, Deborah - Fujikura, Tatsuro Amherst Books From $6.10-$43.92
9780809016341 Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England Hill and Wang Cronon, William Amherst Books From $5.94-$25.50
These books are available locally at
Amherst Books. Offerings 2022-23:
Fall 2022 Other years: