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The Local Food Movement: Relationships Among Animals, Farmers, And Customers On A Family-Owned Meat Producing Pennsylvania Farm, Hannah S. Rosen Sep 2019

The Local Food Movement: Relationships Among Animals, Farmers, And Customers On A Family-Owned Meat Producing Pennsylvania Farm, Hannah S. Rosen

Hannah Rosen

The present research is an ethnography for the purpose of anthropological exploration into the motivations of consumers who buy locally produced meat, through the experiences of the customers and farmers on a local farm in central Pennsylvania. This paper questions why people participate in the local food movement through analyses of the customers and farmers of Begonia Farms. Through field research and interviews, varying potential motivations were explored. First, the ways in which alienation drives consumers to the local food movement. This alienation includes disconnect between consumers and producers, consumers and the animals they eat, consumers and food preparation, and ...


Kumain Na Tayo! Exploring The Role Of Food In Communicating Tradition And Instilling Familial Values, Aaron Negrillo May 2019

Kumain Na Tayo! Exploring The Role Of Food In Communicating Tradition And Instilling Familial Values, Aaron Negrillo

Student Research

As a core part of Asian values, family plays a huge role in developing the individual’s identity. Family strongly contributes to the passing down of traditions and values. The expression of cultural values can be observed through many surface-level interactions such as food and meal rituals. This auto-ethnography explores the link between food and culture, specifically how it serves as a vehicle of communication that passes down traditions and values. The underlying core values of hospitality, respect, and sacrifice stand emerged from the thematic analysis conducted. Overall, food can be understood as a tangible expression of love: creating something ...


‘Doing’ Llama Face Stew: A Late Moche Culinary Assemblage As A Domestic Dedicatory Deposit, Guy S. Duke Apr 2019

‘Doing’ Llama Face Stew: A Late Moche Culinary Assemblage As A Domestic Dedicatory Deposit, Guy S. Duke

Anthropology Faculty Publications and Presentations

Presented here is a meal from a simple cooking vessel, excavated from the Late Moche (AD 600–850) site of Wasi Huachuma on the north coast of Peru. This meal, cooked in a whole, plain vessel and spilled beneath the floor of a domestic structure, was unambiguously marked by a large stone embedded in the floor. It contained diverse plant and animal materials associated with the sea, the coastal plains, the highlands and the jungle. Via its contents and placement, this meal embodies the ways in which the domestic world of exchange and interaction was deeply entangled with the spiritual ...


Uren, Doris Et Al. (Fa 1233), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Dec 2018

Uren, Doris Et Al. (Fa 1233), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1233. Student folk studies project titled “Märchen [Fairy tales],” which includes survey sheets with a description of a fairy tale collected in Kentucky and Tennessee by students at Campbellsville College, Kentucky. Sheets may include a brief description of a fairy tale, informant’s name, age and address. The first name of the collectors Asher and Wall were not provided.


Foodways (Fa 1202), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2018

Foodways (Fa 1202), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1202. Collection of papers written by students in Professor Barry Kaufkins’ Foodways class (FLK/ANTH 388) at Western Kentucky University. While a majority of the papers focus on Easter traditions, other topics of note include immigrant foodways traditions, fundraising efforts, community organizations, tailgating, and sorority life. Papers also include photographs taken by students.


Currents Of Consumption: How National Narratives Of Japanese Cuisine Collide With Localized Forms Of Sushi In Northern California, John Ostermiller May 2018

Currents Of Consumption: How National Narratives Of Japanese Cuisine Collide With Localized Forms Of Sushi In Northern California, John Ostermiller

Master's Projects and Capstones

This paper examines how national narratives of Japanese cuisine collide with the expectations, preferences, and perceptions of American consumers (particularly Northern California). The global economy has benefited the circulation of positive images of Japan managed by the Japanese government, but the commercialization of Japanese cuisine is also at odds with government efforts. In Japan, sushi is often synonymous with nigirizushi: sliced seafood and a daub of wasabi atop vinegared rice. As part of Japan’s washoku tradition, this singular image of sushi (allegedly) reflects the deepest essence of Japanese cultural sensibilities tied to simplicity, perfection, and nature. But in America ...


Cookbooks: Preserving Jewish Tradition, Daniel E. Feinberg, Alice Crosetto May 2018

Cookbooks: Preserving Jewish Tradition, Daniel E. Feinberg, Alice Crosetto

Daniel Feinberg

Culinary traditions have played an integral role in the Jewish religion from its very beginning. Families have continually passed down these traditions from one generation to the next as a means to preserve Jewish culture as well as to maintain their Jewish identity. The authors propose that one of the methods of preserving and transmitting these culinary traditions, traditions clearly rooted in oral tradition, has been through the cookbook. While the written cookbook continues to be popular and marketable, traditional cookbook contents are becoming increasingly available online. In saving recipes for future generations, cookbooks preserve religious, cultural, and traditional elements ...


Thomas, Norman (Fa 1129), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2018

Thomas, Norman (Fa 1129), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1129. Paper titled “Traditional Recipes” in which Norman Thomas details how to prepare various dishes ranging from opossum and porcupine to maple syrup and molasses taffy. Paper is based on information collected by Thomas from close relatives and family friends.


Food, Power, And Hierarchy: A Case Study Of King Louis Xiv In France, Sophie Churchill Jan 2018

Food, Power, And Hierarchy: A Case Study Of King Louis Xiv In France, Sophie Churchill

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

Food and foodways are inherent aspects of everyday life but their significance is often overlooked. The importance of food is that it embodies a multitude of deeper meanings that are intrinsic to the society that is consuming it. As a key factor in the culture of France, food provides the lens to understanding larger social aspects such as power and hierarchy. This lens will be used to analyze the reign of King Louis XIV of France, who established himself as an absolute monarch. Many works have appeared on food in France and many on the reign of King Louis XIV ...


Osborne, Lois (Fa 1121), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Dec 2017

Osborne, Lois (Fa 1121), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project FA 1121. Student folk studies project titled: "Good and Bad Luck Beliefs," which includes notecards with brief descriptions of traditional beliefs about good and bad luck in Cook County, Illinois, Dearborn County, Indiana, Knox County, Tennessee, and the counties of Barren, Fayette, Hardin, Hart, Hopkins, Jefferson and Nelson in Kentucky. Notecards may include a description of the traditional belief, informant's name and address, motif index number, and text classification.


Higinbotham, Barbara (Fa 1114), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2017

Higinbotham, Barbara (Fa 1114), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1114. Student folk studies project titled: “Folk Medicine and Remedies,” which includes survey sheets with brief descriptions of folk medicine and remedies in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Sheets may include a brief description of folk remedy, belief, traditional practice, informant’s name and address, and motif index number.


Mansfield, Sherry R. And Bruce Greene (Fa 1112), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2017

Mansfield, Sherry R. And Bruce Greene (Fa 1112), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1112. Student folk studies project titled: “Just a Man—Captain William Hicks” which includes an interview of C. Jeff Hicks, the son of Confederate Captain William Hicks. The interview includes a description of the life of the son and his father while living in Barren County, Kentucky and Sumner County, Tennessee.


Leopold, Beth (Fa 1113), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2017

Leopold, Beth (Fa 1113), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1113. Student folk studies project titled: Smith’s Grove and Miscellaneous Tales” which includes survey sheets with descriptions of the traditional belief about the naming of Smiths Grove in Warren County, Kentucky. Sheets may include a brief description of the belief, informant’s name, address, and motif index classification. A second small project by Leopold includes survey sheets of folk tales told by her grandmother, Rosa Leopold, in Jefferson County, Kentucky.


Chance, Nancy Fowler (Fa 1110), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2017

Chance, Nancy Fowler (Fa 1110), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1110. Student folk studies project titled: “Butter making” which includes survey sheets with descriptions of the traditional butter making process in Allen County and Warren County, Kentucky. Sheets may include a brief description of pictured equipment, traditional practice, belief and motif index number.


Finn, Marty (Fa 1089), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2017

Finn, Marty (Fa 1089), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project FA 1089. Student folk studies project titled: “A Collection of Folk Medicine,” which includes survey sheets and index cards describing the traditions and practices of folk medicine in Mason County, Kentucky. Sheets may include informant’s name and address, folk remedy, and text classification.


Routt, Brenda H., Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2017

Routt, Brenda H., Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project FA 1086. Student folk studies project titled: “The Folklore of Household Antiques,” which includes a description of house furnishings and their uses in Hardin County, Kentucky. Survey sheets include recipes, photos, names, uses, and descriptions.


Seidelman, Charles Allen (Fa 1049), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2017

Seidelman, Charles Allen (Fa 1049), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1049. Student folk studies project titled: “A General Interest Survey of the Dutch in America,” which includes interviews and survey sheets with brief descriptions of Dutch folk practices in Okaloosa County, Florida, in Sioux County, Iowa, in Van Buren County, Michigan, and in Whatcom County, Washington. Sheets may include the recipe, song, belief, motif index number, and informant’s name.


Veganism As An Aspiration, Lori Gruen, Robert C. Jones Jul 2017

Veganism As An Aspiration, Lori Gruen, Robert C. Jones

Robert C. Jones, PhD

iven the violence, objectification, domination, commodification, and oppression inherent in industrialized food production, some conscientious consumers have adopted vegan practices. This chapter discusses two conceptions of veganism, lifestyle/identity veganism, VI, and veganism as a goal/aspiration, VA. It argues that due to conceptual and practical flaws with VI, conscientious consumers should adopt VA. It considers and rejects the so-called compassionate carnivore movement. It then explores arguments denying the casual efficacy of adopting any form of veganism. It concludes that VA can make a difference, and those in consumer cultures are obligated to adopt and practice it.


Skeptics And “The White Stuff” : Promotion Of Cows’ Milk And Other Nonhuman Animal Products In The Skeptic Community As Normative Whiteness, Corey Lee Wrenn Jun 2017

Skeptics And “The White Stuff” : Promotion Of Cows’ Milk And Other Nonhuman Animal Products In The Skeptic Community As Normative Whiteness, Corey Lee Wrenn

Corey Lee Wrenn, PhD

This article discusses a dairy advertising campaign featuring skeptic Derren Brown. I explore the various health claims made in the ads as well as a report Brown featured on his website that claimed consumption of cow’s milk is linked to longevity. I discuss how dairy consumption is largely linked to race and ethnicity. It is a practice enjoyed primarily by European whites as most nonwhites are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is a normal biological process associated with weaning, but it is medicalized and made deviant because it is not part of the white experience. I also mention comments made ...


Skeptics And “The White Stuff” : Promotion Of Cows’ Milk And Other Nonhuman Animal Products In The Skeptic Community As Normative Whiteness, Corey Lee Wrenn Jun 2017

Skeptics And “The White Stuff” : Promotion Of Cows’ Milk And Other Nonhuman Animal Products In The Skeptic Community As Normative Whiteness, Corey Lee Wrenn

Dietary Choice and Foods of Animal Origin Collection

This article discusses a dairy advertising campaign featuring skeptic Derren Brown. I explore the various health claims made in the ads as well as a report Brown featured on his website that claimed consumption of cow’s milk is linked to longevity. I discuss how dairy consumption is largely linked to race and ethnicity. It is a practice enjoyed primarily by European whites as most nonwhites are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is a normal biological process associated with weaning, but it is medicalized and made deviant because it is not part of the white experience. I also mention comments made ...


Food And Negotiation Of Identity Among The Russian Immigrant Community Of Brighton Beach, Elena Starkova May 2017

Food And Negotiation Of Identity Among The Russian Immigrant Community Of Brighton Beach, Elena Starkova

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

This thesis explores the construction of ethnic identity among Russian immigrants in New York, by examining how it has been negotiated and articulated through foods, including traditional and non-native foods as a vehicle for their shifting identities and for reaffirming their position and participation in mainstream American society.


The Diet And Subsistence Methods Of The Maya: Their Health And Cultural Consequences From The Pre-Classic Era To Today, Rachel E. Watson Apr 2017

The Diet And Subsistence Methods Of The Maya: Their Health And Cultural Consequences From The Pre-Classic Era To Today, Rachel E. Watson

Honors Undergraduate

The Maya, a once great civilization, seemingly vanished without an obvious reason, before the Spanish landed in the region. Some say that their downfall was a result of famine and inadequate nutrition. Surprisingly, most of the archaeological evidence surrounding the Classic Maya diet and subsistence methods indicates that they both adequately sustained the population to the point where there has been practically no change over hundreds of years. Change did not occur to the Maya diet or the classic subsistence methods until the late twentieth century when the tourism industry exploded in the area of the former Maya empire. The ...


Powell, Joseph, B. 1949 (Fa 1020), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2017

Powell, Joseph, B. 1949 (Fa 1020), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1020. Folk studies student project titled: “Christmas Customs in My Family,” which includes descriptions and survey sheets of Christmas practices in Grayson County, Kentucky. Survey sheets include brief descriptions of customs, stories, and beliefs, informant’s name, and motif index number.


Montgomery, Susan H. (Fa 1011), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2017

Montgomery, Susan H. (Fa 1011), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1011. Folk studies student project titled: “Molasses Making.” Project includes interviews and survey sheets with brief descriptions of molasses making in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. Sheets may include a brief description of belief or item, informant’s name, and a photo along with jokes and recipes.


Rose, Midge (Fa 1013), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2017

Rose, Midge (Fa 1013), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1013. Student folk studies project titled: “Hog Killing,” which includes survey sheets with brief descriptions of the hog killing process in Boyle County, Kentucky. Sheets may include a brief description of belief, traditional practice, or tool, informant’s name and photo.


Riddle, Karen (Fa 1009), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2017

Riddle, Karen (Fa 1009), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1009. Folk studies student project titled: “Making of Molasses,” which includes a description of the molasses making process and related material in Clinton County, Kentucky, with interviews, photos and folklore by motif index number.


Book Review: Eating In The Side Room: Food, Archaeology, And African American Identity, By Mark S. Warner, Stéphane Noël Feb 2017

Book Review: Eating In The Side Room: Food, Archaeology, And African American Identity, By Mark S. Warner, Stéphane Noël

Northeast Historical Archaeology

Eating in the Side Room: Food, Archaeology, and African American Identity, by Mark S. Warner, 2015, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 208 pages, black and white illustrations, references, index, $74.95 (cloth).


Into Ireland: An Analysis Of Cultural Hybridity, Immigration, Food, And Place In The Silicon Docks Market In Dublin, Ireland, Grace Katharine Elizabeth Myers Jan 2017

Into Ireland: An Analysis Of Cultural Hybridity, Immigration, Food, And Place In The Silicon Docks Market In Dublin, Ireland, Grace Katharine Elizabeth Myers

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Ireland is still recovering from the Great Recession that devastated much of the world in 2007. Simultaneously, the country is also dealing with increasing diversity and multiculturalism during a time of rising economic stability. This thesis analyzes the effects of globalization on the local expressions and perceptions of changing cultural identities through an examination of interactions between Irish patrons and Non-Irish vendors and employees in a weekly lunchtime food market located in the Silicon Docks Business Park in Dublin, Ireland. The actions which occur in the market demonstrate the influences of cross-cultural contact and heterogeneity on the Irish display of ...


The Antipolitics Of Food In Middle-Class America, Neri De Kramer Sep 2016

The Antipolitics Of Food In Middle-Class America, Neri De Kramer

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This dissertation provides an ethnographic account of the food and parenting practices of a diverse group of middle-class families in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. It starts from the basic premise that the economic pressures on the American middle classes find expression in family life around the socially reproductive work of choosing food and parenting.

The current economic climate marked with extreme and rising income inequality, low growth, high unemployment and stagnating wages has complicated the reproduction process for all parents in this study, regardless of income. Scholars have described how this concern for the future of the next ...


You Are What You (Can) Eat: Cultivating Resistance Through Food, Justice, And Gardens On The South Side Of Chicago, Ida B. Kassa Jan 2016

You Are What You (Can) Eat: Cultivating Resistance Through Food, Justice, And Gardens On The South Side Of Chicago, Ida B. Kassa

Pomona Senior Theses

Though food is widely recognized as a basic necessity for humanity, disparate access to it highlights whose bodies, environments, health, nutrition, and utter existence has mattered most in American society—and whose has mattered the least. Through interviews with residents of the South Side of Chicago about the alternative food pathway they’ve forged for themselves, we learn that food becomes much more than just sustenance. Interviewees describe our present day food system as undeniably rooted in a history of enslavement and exploitation of Black and Brown bodies; they regard food justice work by communities of color as an important ...