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Food Across Cultures - ANTH203

Food mediates and shapes core social relations to place, time, gender, sexuality and social rank. The study of food and eating has long held a particular fascination for anthropologists. From subsistence strategies to nutritional intake, from food taboos to the social rules that structure how people eat together, the everyday activities of cooking and eating are packed with economic, medical, and particularly political and cultural meaning. Indeed, for most (if not all) cultures, what people will and won't eat determines their status as civilized beings. Food is also a lens onto some of the cutting edge concerns of contemporary social anthropology, including globalisation, consumption practices, and identity. This unit celebrates practices of everyday life and explores the extraordinary variety of food likes and dislikes in a range of ethnographic contexts. Not only do we talk about food, we also come together to share food, in the hopes that this provides insight.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

D1 - Day; Offered in Session 1, North Ryde

Staff Contact(s): Anthropology Staff

ANTH150 or 12cp or admission to GDipArts or permission of Executive Dean of Faculty  Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): ANTH279
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Anthropology

Faculty of Arts

Timetable Information

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