Food and Culture

A photograph of a child eating dim sum.

Food plays an important role in our culture and relationships. (Photo courtesy of John Catnach on Flickr.)


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Spring 2011



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Explores connections between what we eat and who we are through cross-cultural study of how personal identities and social groups are formed via food production, preparation, and consumption. Organized around critical discussion of what makes "good" food good (healthy, authentic, ethical, etc.). Uses anthropological and literary classics as well as recent writing and films on the politics of food and agriculture.

Heather Paxson. 21A.265 Food and Culture, Spring 2011. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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