Apr 23, 2024  
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts 
    
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts
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HIST 217 - U.S. Food Cultures

4 credits
Food holds different value to different people, at different times, because all food knowledge is cultural and must be learned.  How is that knowledge generated and maintained?  How and why does it change over time?  What is the relationship between food and identity, at a personal and group level?  How can food both foster solidarity and divisiveness?  How is food political?  In addressing these and other questions, students explore the sometimes contradictory meanings attached to food in American culture.  Students analyze the symbolic value of food, with attention to identity categories and consideration of production sites, preparation, marketing and consumption. Students take different approaches to the study of foodways, including culture production and transmission, environmental justice, and certain core aspects of American history. CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary, CLA-Diversity US, CLA-Writing Intensive



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