The Anthropology of Food

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
Anthropology
Course Number: 
339
Institution: 
Amherst College

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 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Gewertz. 

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
ANTH-339-01-1718F

Course Sections

The Anthropology of Food
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Deborah Gewertz dbgewertz@amherst.edu T 01:00PM-03:30PM WEBS 220