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Lecture 7

LECTURE 7: Foodie Culture: The Search for Authentic and Exotic Meals

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Michelle Szabo

LECTURE 7 The Second Shift -Even though women are working as much as men, when women come home they are doing the second shift which is house work. There is this idea that both are working equally in the work force, the women are doing the second shift (double burden). Division of Labour at Home affects Inequality at Work: There is still a wage gap between men and women (women make $.72 per dollar men make). How does this relate to food work or care work in the home? -Women choose to take maternal leave and other things like this because they are recruited into doing this because they are responsible for the house work and cooking that takes place at home. Health disparities affecting MEN: men may not be able to eat as healthy because they do not cook as much; if there is an increasing number of households inhabited by single men, or led by gay male couples, or households with no women what do these men do? We see health disparities. It is not only in women's benefit to know something about food work, it is also means benefit. These social constructions have very real consequences. FOODIES, FOOD CULTURE & "GOOD" FOOD Pre- 1960s: Culinary Stratification The idea that one particular kind of food is superior to all other kinds of food. In the 1960's, it was French cuisine was the pinnacle of good taste. Everything else was compared to that. 1960s - Now: Culinary Omnivorousness Omnivorousness: people are choosing from a variety of different kinds of food; not just French food -Combination of different classes of food and different ethnicities of food An increase of immigrants and this revolution of civil rights and social movements where people are trying to breakdown hierarchies. This was also apparent in food culture. Highbrow + Lowbrow food Lobster stuffed corn dog and deluxe hamburgers from Kobe beef. Valorization of lowbrow foods Foods that were seen as low class now being seen as popular and desirable. Cultural Omnivorousness Culinary omnivorousness is a subset of cultural omnivorousness. People that were trend setters in music thought opera used to be the only good type of music but now there are many different kinds of music that being appreciated. A general trend away from snobbish exclusion (where the focus is on one type) towards cultural eclecticism (where there is an appreciati
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