Sweetness and Power Ch 2 Lecture.docx - Sweetness and Power Chapter 2(production First domesticated in New Guinea 8000 B.C Two different end productions

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Sweetness and Power – Chapter 2 (production) First domesticated in New Guinea 8000 B.C. Two different end productions of sugar o Both pure and both sugars o Liquid vs granular o Brown vs white o Whiteness = purity vs brown = contaminated o Brown sugar used to be something that only poor people could get o Brown eggs were thought to be for the poor o We attach meaning to the color of our food (race and racism) o Calling someone sweet or honey – because of sugar Islam, Europe, and Sugar Spread of sugar follows spread of Islam o North Africa and Mediterranean world o Technology came with sugar o Introduction of structures and institutions o Enlightenment – white people kicked out the dark people o Islam brought agriculture, irrigation, bureaucracy into Europe They brought sugar cane Post-Islamic Period Faced multiple challenges o Technological/political/securing labor Black plague reduced labor force Created reliance on slave labor o Atlantic Islands Production sites

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