School of Global Studies

Anthropologies of Food (851L6)

Anthropologies of Food

Module 851L6

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

The module will focus on diverse aspects of anthropological approaches to food, encompassing production, exchange and consumption. It will cover topics as diverse as agrarian transformations, organics, certifications and traceability, markets, class differentiation through consumption, health, and the body. In so doing the module will use anthropological perspectives to unpack how food has come to symbolize sociality and cultural difference, and consider the tensions, conflicts and debates that have emerged – both in private and public life – over the values and moralities attached to food.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of key themes in the anthropology of food

Critically relate key themes to wider debates and advanced theory on politics, material culture, or consumption within anthropology

Have in-depth knowledge of ethnographic case studies to understand cross-cultural issues in food studies.

Use ethnographic data to illustrate, interrogate and critique different theoretical approaches to food

Essay (5000 words)End of Year Assessment Week 3 Wed 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Dr Peter Luetchford

Assess convenor, Convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

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