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September 15 and 20 Food%2c Race and Ethnicity outline

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ANTH 209/SOC 269 Lecture Outline September 15 and 20, 2011 Food, race and ethnicity: Immigrants, Soul Food, and the United Tastes of America I. The film: “People like us” a. Class in Burlington Vermont 1. Bread becomes the symbol for the conflict between working and middle/upper classes 2. White bread – “declasse”, lower class, tasteless, mass-produced, non-nutritious, hoi polloi,ordinary. 3. Whole grain bread – artisanl, upper class, exclusive, cosmopolitan, nutritious, pretentious b. Class and race 1. Class and race often get conflated. 2. The invisibility of middle class blacks. 3. However, there is a history of economic disenfranchisement and racial difference. II. Ethnicity and Race: Concepts and Realities: a. Race is a cultural category used to group and hierarchically arrange people who are considered to be physically distinct in some way from other groups in terms of skin color, hair texture, and facial features. Such category is oftentimes used to denote differences in intelligence, attractiveness, cultural potential and worth. b. Characteristics of Race 1. unstable complex of meaning 2. not an “essence” or “fixed”, it chanes through historcal time 3. is controlled by power 4. is contexted, revised, and legitimized through legislation, cultural work )mass Media, literature, and scientific doctrines 5.arbitrary and illogical symbolic system with material consequences 6.arose out of the period of European expansion and emergence of modernity 7. no biological basis yet part of our everday “commonwise” view of the world c.
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