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Food, Family and Social Organization (with special consideration of Political Systems) E105 - February 23
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Food Helps to Solidify Social Ties Reaffirms kinship ties and familial alliances Builds relationships with neighbors and friends What are examples of each of the above?
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Food Can Strengthen Economic and Political Ties Trade of food Builds political and economic connections An embargo indicates political and economic enmity Gifts of food Often part of economic exchanges of reciprocity and redistribution Can build alliances as food is given or shared Can affirm friendship and provide aid
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Food Can Denote Social Status Social Status is one’s position in a group’s social organization the place an individual holds with reference to other members of a society a set of rights and duties associated with (or expected of) a certain position in society [ NOT the same as prestige] Social status changes during a person’s lifetime as one’s position in society changes with age and experience What you eat depends on your status in society Ex. Child vs. Adult Food, Wealthy (high status food) vs. Poor (low status food)
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Status and Identity Status relates in part to: Gender Age Socioeconomic class and/or caste Social status interrelates with social identity Social status refers to one’s POSITION(S) Identity includes social status as well as unique or shared dimensions relative to others in a society Everyone embodies many dimensions of social status AND identity
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Food Choices and Preferences Can Be Part of Your Individual and Social Identity Examples: Eating hamburgers is part of being an American. Not all Americans eat them, but nearly all recognize them as part of national culture In the USA, being vegetarian can represent an integral expression of personal beliefs and individual identity In other parts of the world, eating meat would be counter to cultural norms and express individuality (ex. Hindu India)
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Definition of Family Social unit characterized by: economic cooperation management of reproduction child rearing common residence
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course AG 2373 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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