September 6 Food and Gender II outline - Lecture Notes ANTH...

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Lecture Notes ANTH 209/SOC 269 September 6, 2011 FOOD AND GENDER II I. Review of Previous Lecture II. Body Image A. Body image – the picture of our own body we form in our mind…the way in which our body appears to ourselves B. Body image is dependent on the crucial relationship between body structure, body image and social acceptance and norms. C. Sense of control over and ownership of the body – crucial in the formation of body awareness. D. Body image is culturally mediated. (movie stars) E. Body image and body ideals shape attitudes toward and practices around food. These create morally tinged food meanings. For example, certain food items are deemed as “bad” or even “evil” like cakes, pastries – temptation. F. Finally, body image or body ideals are “messages” that society teaches and communicates to men and women. III. Case Studies of “Obesity”: Non-western Women and Body ideals and images A. The case of rural Jamaican women – Elisa Sobo 1. Ideal body is 2. Good relationships and good eating are linked – especially in the maintenance of kinship and sociality.
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