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In this module students will learn about the significance of food production, trade and consumption in relation to cultural evolution, globalisation, identity and health. The module will cover different modes of food production, the domestication of animals and the cultivation of staple crops in the course of social development. It will look at different theories about the importance of food production for the rise of urban cultures and organised religion, and the relationship of food production systems to trade, colonial expansion and the process of globalisation. Moving from production and distribution to eating itself, the module will cover notions of food identity at collective and individual levels. We will also look at various forms of disordered eating, the dynamic relationship between cultures and eating and contemporary debates over fast food, genetic engineering, and personal identity against the background of rising food prices, regional food shortage and the management of famine in different countries.

https://anthropologyofeating.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/syllabusse585s10.pdf

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