School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Global Histories of FoodWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101674.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Peter Hutchings

Incompatible Units
100886 - Special Topics in Cultural and Social Analysis

Teaching Periods
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About this Unit
Are you what you eat? This unit explores the relationship between food, globalisation and human experience in an historical and cross-cultural context. Food is central to the formation of cultural identity, the emergence of social taboo and the expression of religious belief. While food has become associated with national identity, foodstuffs have also become symbols of cross-cultural interaction through the imperial experience or the effect of migration. The relationship between food, culture and identity is an important one, but the current world food price crises; the persistence of famine in the developing world; and the emergence of ‘fast food’ as a marker of globalisation remind us of the critical relationship between nutrition and political economies.


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