ANTHRO 133F Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Horse Meat

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23 Oct 2016
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Limited by natural necessity but argues that it can"t ignore cultural guidelines and symbolic/social meanings. Particular sort for particular people > production shaped by culture. America as the land of the holy dog, cohabitation of humans and animals, treated as kin. Horses are also closer to humans, working relationship, servants > against consumption of horse meat. Pigs and cattle are closer to food, anonymity of non-human animals. Cultural association of closeness > against horse meat although meat shortage. Cow vs. horse meat is not defended easily. Innards vs. outer animals > creation of taboos although it is not logically correct. Begins that consumption is patterned in a day, weekday vs. Weekend dinners, holidays vs. normal days, life cycles: birthday. Meals are named in sequential but drinks are not. Following structure of a conscious meal and people"s consciousness of it. Food relates w/ people and their relationship w/ each other. How new meanings get replaced by old meanings (mintz)

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