This course explores food consumption as a meaningful practice embedded in local national and global relations and in social economic and political contexts

Final paper




About additional materials:
All the course materials are uploaded. Most of them were shown and used in the previous assignments so most of them should be read again. In addition it is NOT necessary to read and use all the course materials. Be free to use some of them if you need.

ATH Food Taste and Desire
Final paper guidelines

Research paper: 10-12 pages double spaced 12 pt. For this paper you can choose any topic you want to pursue however there are three conditions:
1) the paper has to deal with issues of food taste desire/food consumption; its important that you speak about people/a society and integrate local perspectives.

2) it has to be an anthropological analysis (use class discussions and insights from our readings; include ethnographic research (secondary sources are fine) and qualitative data; integrate natives point of view; use cultural relativism; contextualize information within a broader historical and cultural framework of a particular society or community).

3) the paper has to be based on ethnographic data. Although you will not be able to
conduct a research you should try to step in scholars shoes and find as much data as possible. You can use quantitative data (statistical analysis surveys etc.) but it is a requirement that your quantitative data will be supplemented by qualitative data (ethnographic accounts unstructured interviews etc.). Peoples commentaries online archival material journal articles news commentaries ethnographies written by other scholars etc. will help you to build your own case. If you have a chance to conduct interviews or conduct participant observation it would enrich your paper!

The structure of the paper:
1.    Introduction. In the introduction you have to say what will you be arguing in your paper (your major thesis that you will substantiate with the data) (1 page);
2.    Short discussion of data and methods (what kind of data you were able to collect; what methods did you/others use to gather your/their data (1 page);
3.    Discussion of literature you reviewed what other authors claim about the topic under consideration (1-2 pages);
4.    Major discussion and analysis (8-9 pages);
5.    Conclusions that critically reflect on your findings and answer the questions (1 page):
what does my case study tell about food taste desire/food consumption; and
how does it advance our knowledge about similar processes in the world?

Please cite! Keep visual information in your files you may need it for a power point presentation at the end of the course.
Your research paper is 25%.

About the course:
This course explores food consumption as a meaningful practice embedded in local national and global relations and in social economic and political contexts. It explores how consumption of food mediates fashioning of a self community nation and the state; how by consuming food people reproduce power authority hierarchy as well as values and meanings; and how food economies invest in shaping needs tastes and desires as well as peoples bodies; how emotions moralities and aesthetics are reproduced at supermarkets and dinner tables. It embraces food historically as well as an object of political economy post/structuralism and semiotic analysis. The course will incorporate some experiential exercises such as chocolate tasting.

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