Fall 2022

The Anthropology of Food

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-339


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 among ethnic cuisines, nationalist movements and social classes.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Gewertz.

How to handle overenrollment: If the course is overenrolled, will privilege majors and ask students to provide the reasons they wish to take the course.

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.

ANTH 339 - LEC

Section 01
W 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM WEBS 220

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Changes in the Land Hill and Wang Cronon, William Amherst Books TBD
Consuming Grief University of Texas Press Conklin, Beth Amherst Books TBD
Omnivore's Dilemma Penguin Press Pollan, Michael Amherst Books TBD
Unbearable Weight University of California Press Bordo, Susan Amherst Books TBD
The Noodle Narratives University of California Press Errington, Frederick & Gewertz, Deborah Amherst Books TBD
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies University of California Press Holmes, Seth Amherst Books TBD
Sweetness and Power Penguin Books Mintz, Sidney Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2024