Introduction to Problems and Methods in Anthropology

ANTH 200 with John Barker.

ANTH 200 can cover a range of topics relevant to contemporary anthropological inquiry.  In this version of the course, Dr. Barker consider’s how, “We are what we eat.” Few aspects of human existence are as basic as food. Food is essential to our biological survival, yet there are few aspects of human life that are as culturally varied and elaborated as food getting, consumption and symbolism. In this course, we will survey anthropological contributions to the study of food as a means of examining typical anthropological methodologies and theories. More specifically, we will draw on recent multi-sited ethnographies to learn about the local and global impacts of the mass marketing of food commodities such as coffee and noodles as well as the risks and promises the globalization of food presents to our collective survival.