Food and Identity Culture of Disgust 2 May 2nd, 2013
Covered Readings: Rozin, Paul, “Food is Fundamental, Fun, Frightening, and Far Reaching”
Announcements: Final Exam: Cumulative, long essay format, probably greater focus on second
half of semester (post-midterm), Final Review on the 9th during recitation (not mandatory, bring
notes, syllabus, questions), Suggestion: make a family tree of connections.
Clark, Dylan, “The Raw and the Rotten” (F&C)
I. What Determines Disgust
Disgust is physiological (gag, cringe, nausea) and cultural (associations with animal
nature, uncultured, death)
II. Rozin- neutral eating?
Rozin- psychologist, reputed for studying disgust
Rozin believes that the mind creates positive or negative associations to foods.
A value system is attached to food, imbed notions of health.
Believes that disgust is often due to a food's origins, not necessarily the food's form/being
(worms are from dirt/mud)
Many find used clothing disgusting - disgust of the unknown, intimacy, connection to
stranger's body, self-contamination.
III. Related themes: food choice, fear, associations, human/animal divide
Kids learn what is disgusting. We are predisposed to sweetness while we acquire enjoyment of bitter foods.
Omnivore's paradox (Fischler)- there is