SOC349 – Lecture – January 18 2013
Why Study Food and Why?
Why have scholars ignored food in the past?
Scholars have not ignored the production aspect of food (production associated with economy generally
masculine), BUT have historically ignored consumption research (consumption associated with the
home, which is generally feminine). There was an idea that women’s work was not important enough to
be in scholarly work, but there has been a developmental understanding to study both together.
Mind – Body Dualism concept consisted of scholars believing that the mind is separate from the
body where scholars only focused on the thinking mind, rationale etc. and excluded the body
because it was or may still be considered by scholars as a non-thinking body.
In the past, eating was considered to be too basic, too primitive and in order for us to distance
ourselves from the incivility of eating, society created eating manners and rituals (to make
eating more civilized)
What makes food sociologically interesting?
- You are what you eat…it tells us about class/ethnicity etc.
- It indicates our relationship with nature
- Social pathologies and problems (associations with Hamburgers)
How do we study food?
With different fields of study that can be interdisciplinary serving to understand influences as to why
people eat certain foods.
Hormone imbalance (Biology)
Money (affording not affording) (