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Course Materials and Schedule

Course Schedule

Week #1-  TU August 25, 2022Introduction to the courseSyllabus and course overview, requirements, expectations and goals.
Week #2 – TU Sept 6, 2022What is food? What is a cuisine?Read: Mintz, & DuBois (2002); Cooper (1986); Douglas (1972)
Respond to Forum Post Week #2      
Week #3- TU Sept 13, 2022Taste, the body, and eatingRead: Bourdieu (2005), Harris (1998), Wilson (2005)
Respond to Forum Post Week #3      
Week #4- TU Sept 20, 2022Food & Social JusticeRead: Agyeman, Mathews, and Sobel (2017); Dun (2017)
Watch: The Hidden Economy Behind NYC Street Vending-
Respond to Forum Post Week #4
Week #5- TU Oct 11, 2022Food and LanguageRead: Light (2020); Cavanaugh & Riley (2017)
Respond to Forum Post #5
Week #6 – TU Oct 18, 2022Food, Health & Migration:  The case of NAFTA and MexicoRead: Galvez (2018).
Listen to Cereijido “The NAFTA Diet” Podcast
Respond to Forum Post Week #6
Week #7 – TU Oct 25, 2022History, Anthropology, and Sugar: “A match made in heaven”Read: Mintz (1986)
Respond to Forum Post Week #7
Week #8 – TU Nov 1, 2022Labor Organizing and Food: The case of Fast-food and service workersRead: Lo & Koeing (2017), Saxena (2019), Renaldi (2020), Sainato (2022), Schoolov (2022)
Watch The Hand that Feeds (2015)
Respond to Forum Post Week #8
Week #9 – TU Nov 8, 2022Case Study: Starbucks, consumption and caffeineRead: Roseberry (1996), Tucker (2011), Brian (2009), Semple (2019)
Watch Documentary Inside the World  of High-End Coffee (2019)
Respond to Forum Post Week #9      
Week #10 – TU Nov 15, 2022Food and Community Gardens: Two case studies – USA and New ZealandRead: Reese (2017), Shimpo, Wesner and McWilliam (2019).
Watch videos: ‘Couple turns abandoned lot into  community garden’ (2020),  ‘Community garden that brought hope to a favela’ (2022), ‘How Urban  farming saved a Dallas community’ (2020)  
Respond to Forum Post Week #10
Week #11– TU Nov 22, 2022Cookbooks, Identity and NationRead: Appadurai (1988), Folch (2008) & Zafar (2019)
Respond to Forum Post Week #11
Week #12– TU Nov 29, 2022Disposing food: ethnography of trashRead: Read: Nagle (2017), and NYT News article (2020) 
Watch: What I discovered in NYC Trash (2013)
Respond to Forum Week  #12
Week #13- TU Dec 6, 2022Indigeneity, and Food SovereigntyRead: Lardeau, Healey  & Ford (2011); Castellanos (2015)
Respond to Forum Post Week #13
Week #14– TU Dec 13, 2022Final ClassReflections on the course, questions on final assignment, student feedback
Detailed course schedule of reading, video, and audio assignments for ANTH 2140 Anthropology of Food

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Course Bibliography per week

Full citations of all readings, videos, audio etc. broken up by the week they should be read and/or watched and/or listened too.

Week #2 What is food? What is a cuisine?

Week #3 Taste, the body, and eating

  • Bourdieu, Pierre. 2005. “Taste of Luxury, Taste of Necessitypassword protected item. in The Taste Culture Reader, Edited by Carolyn Korsmeyer. New York: Berg. Pp. 72-78.
  • Harris, Marvin. 1998. “Good to Think or Good to Eat?password protected item. in Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture. Long Grove: Waveland Press, 13-18.
  • Wilson, Margaret. 2005.  “Indulgencepassword protected item. in Don Kulick and Anne Meneley (Eds.), Fat: The Anthropology of an Obsession Ann Arbor: Penguin Press, 153-167.

Week #4 Food and Social Justice: Case Study – NYC street vendors

Citation: Cheddar (2018, Mar 21) The Hidden Economy Behind NYC Street Vending-Cheddar Explains (4:47) [Video File]. https://youtu.be/NtJmakm1-zc

Week #5 Food & Language

Week #6 Food, Health, and Migration: The Case of NAFTA and Mexico

In 2006, Alyshia Gálvez, a professor and anthropologist at the City University of New York (CUNY), did a study on Mexican immigrant women in New York City. Surprisingly, she found that in spite of socioeconomic disadvantages, immigrant women boasted better than expected health and birth outcomes—a phenomenon that came to be known as the “immigrant paradox.” Anthropologists attributed this “paradox” to the idea that immigrants had grown up with healthier food systems and habits in Mexico than in the U.S.

However, in the last three decades, diabetes rates in Mexico have spiked, becoming the country’s top cause of death. So Dr. Gálvez, who is also an immigration scholar, set out to find out why health in Mexico had plummeted. She discovered what she believes is the most straightforward answer: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Podcast: Cereijido, Antonia. “The NAFTA DietNPR Latino USA Podcast February 15th, 2019

In a conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Dr. Gálvez discusses her new book, Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico, and takes us through the story of a deal that she says put the health of Mexicans up for sale. We learn what it is that made Mexican cuisine so healthy prior to NAFTA, how NAFTA was passed, and why people in small-town Mexico who used to purchase their food at a local market are now much more likely to visit the closest Walmart.

Citation: Gálvez, Alyshia and Schwittek, David S. (Directors). (2017). ‘¡Salud! Myths and Realities of Mexican Immigrant Health’ [Documentary]. Shabel Castro; Gary Schwartz. (Producers) (45 min) https://filmfreeway.com/1314729

Week #7- History, Anthropology and Food: “A Match Made in Heaven”

Week #8 – Labor Organizing and Food: The case of Fast-food and service workers

  1. Lo, Joann and Biko Koeing. 2017. “Food Workers and Consumers Organizing Together for Food Justicepassword protected item. in The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action, Ed by Alison Alkon and Julie Guthman. Berkeley: University of California Press,. 133-156.
  2. Saxena, Jaya. “Food service is grueling work, so more and more workers are organizing” Eater, December 10th, 2019. 
  3. Renaldi, Richard. “Faces of a Fast-Food Nation” The New Yorker, November 23rd, 2020.
  4. Sainato, Michael. “Starbucks workers hold strikes in at least 17 states amid union drive” The Guardian, August 11, 2022. 
  5. Schoolov, Katie. Unions are forming at Starbucks, Apple and Google. Here’s why CNBC, August 5, 2022.
  6. Starbucks Workers United (n.d) Starbucks Workers United
  7. Anonymous. “The Hand That Feeds.Library owned item. Login required for off-campus access., directed by Anonymous, Bullfrog Films, 2015. Alexander Street. (1 hour 24 minutes)

Week #9 Case Study: Starbucks, consumption and caffeine

  1. Roseberry, W. (1996). “The rise of the yuppie coffees and the reimagination of class in the United StatesLibrary owned item. Login required for off-campus access. American Anthropologist, 762-775.
  2. Tucker, Catherine. 2011. “Culture, Caffeine, and Coffee Shopspassword protected item. in Coffee Culture: Local Experiences, Global Connections. New York: Routledge. Pp. xii- xiii; 3-10.
  3. Simon, Brian. 2009. “Introducing the Starbucks Momentpassword protected item. in Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America From Starbucks. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1-20.
  4. Semple, Kirk.  “Central American Farmers Head to the U.S., Fleeing Climate Change” The New York Times, April 13, 2019
Citation: Wolansky, Sara Joe (Producer and Editor). (2019, Mar 14). “Inside the World of High-End Coffee, Annals of an Obsession” The New Yorker. (7.46) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adCKCOCSGpg

Week #10- Food and Community Gardens: Two case studies – USA and New Zealand

Citation: ABC News. (2020, Feb 5). Couple turns abandoned lot into community garden [TV News Story]. (4:13 min) https://youtu.be/gfCcI6_1iiA
Citation: DW News. (2022, Apr 12). A community garden that has brought hope to the favela | Global Ideas [TV News Story]. (6:17 min) https://youtu.be/78W04nSpxSE
Citation: Freethink (2020, Feb 05). How Urban Farming Saved a Dallas Community [TV News Story]. (5:15 min) https://youtu.be/gfCcI6_1iiA

Week #11- Cookbooks, Identity and Nation

Week #12- Disposing: an ethnography of trash

Citation: Nagle, Robin (2013). What I discovered in New York City trash. (7:41 min) https://www.ted.com/talks/robin_nagle_what_i_discovered_in_new_york_city_trash

Week #13- Indigeneity, and Food Sovereignty