Food and Identity: Food as Cultural Icon May 9th, 2013
Covered Readings: Weiner, Mark, “Consumer Culture and Participatory Democracy: The
Story of Coca-Cola” (USA)
Penfold, Steve. “Eddie Shack was no Tim Horton”, (WEB)
Announcements: Review (Thurs Recitation 5/9/13), Food History Class next semester still has
room, tell your friends Food&Identity Fall 2013, Complete course evaluations (both lecture and
recitation). Final on Thurs 5/16/13 8AM Sharp
I. Icons Changing across Demographics
II. Symbols as collective identity
III. Nationalistic Icons
Lewis piece about lobsters: identity changes across groups.
Structuralist tendencies (categorize people by duration of residence and location)..Lobster
associated with negative things.
Lobster used to be inexpensive and for poor people (fed to pigs, fertilization). Becomes
expensive after outsiders eat it. Culinary tourism, be a part of the exotic, bragging rights, be elite
Tim Horton- role model, die young, famous Canadian hockey player, tragic car accident,
hard-hitting player, edginess, immortalized at that age- mythical figure Eddie Shack- good hockey player but not immortalized.
Donuts originally not prominent (no history) in Canada, more so in USA. Icons do not
necessarily have to have history and exclusivity within a nation/area.
Links: Belizean National Cuisine included canned food, imported