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.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

21A.265

As Taught In

Spring 2011

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

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.

Paxson, Heather. 21A.265 Food and Culture, Spring 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/anthropology/21a-265-food-and-culture-spring-2011 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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