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Sidenote: Anthropology and Food

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I always loved to eat and I think that it is only natural that I also developed an interest in the anthropology of food – although I never managed to really get into it as much as I wanted to, there were other topics that I worked on.

Here are two interesting links I just came about and share them here, also as a kind of note for myself. Should consider to read more on this!

1. Using Video to share research on food insecuriy

This is of interest to me because there is a very long discussion on why anthropologists, social/cultural ones especially, are so rarely contributing to the public discourse, even though they have so much to say.

The newly established FoodAnthropology blog has this interesting post on how research can be shared through social media such as youtube.

In addition, I have found blogs to be a great opportunity for anthropologist to share their thoughts and expertise – even though it would be worthwile to analyze who is actually reading the blogs – is it again mainly anthropologists or does the internet/blogosphere also introduce more non-anthropologist readers, too?

Anther enlighting article is this one from Savage Minds, asking Why is there no Anthropology Journalism.

2. The meaning of cooking in human evolution

Anthropologyworks made me aware of  an article introducing biologist anthropologist Richard Wrangham’s book “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human” in which he describes how cooking (rather than meat eating) was the decisive action in human evolution as those of our ancestors who invented the cooking were provided with more energy than those survining on a diet of raw food.

Interesting thesis that also accounts for the role distinction between men and women, the article mentions that women as those who cooked became subservient to men. What the article does not mention is why women supposedly became the cookers (probably because they had to stay home to care for their kids anyway) so this needs to be found out by reading the book.