ANTH 311 A: The Cultural Politics Of Diet And Nutrition

Meeting Time: 
MW 3:30pm - 5:20pm
JHN 075
Ann S. Anagnost

Syllabus Description:



Tentative Class Schedule:

1/4:     Introduction


The Biopolitics of Obesity

1/9:     Vitruvian Homer

            Reading: Bordo

1/11:   Film: Food Inc. (91 minutes)

Reading: Patel


1/16:   Martin Luther King Day (no class)

1/18:   The High Cost of Cheap Food

            Short Assignment: Film Reflection


1/23:   A Body Made Productive for Capital

            Reading: Guthman and Dupuis

1/25:   Slow Death

            Reading: Berlant; Cate


1/30:   Eat This! Don’t Eat That!

            Reading: Nestle

2/1:     The New Health Consumer

            Reading: Rose

Short Assignment: Your Food Pyramid


2/6:     Film: Frontline Diet Wars (60 minutes)

            Reading: Hite et al.

2/8:     The Health Blogosphere

            Reading: Taubes 

Online research


School Food

2/13:   School Food Is Industrial Food

            Reading: Poppendieck (Intro and Chapter 1)

Assignment Due: Online Research Report (course dropbox)

2/15:   The Paradox of Free and Reduced Lunch

            Reading: Poppendieck (Chapters 5 & 7)


2/20:   President’s Day (no class)

2/22:   The Edible Schoolyard

            Reading: Poppendieck (Chapter 8)


Assignment Due: School Lunch Memoir (course dropbox)


Ethical Eaters

2/27:   Experiments in Urban Food Sovereignty

            Reading: Novella Carpenter (entire book)

3/1:     Punk Cuisine

            Reading: Clark


3/6:     Paleo fitness: My Big Fat Diet (45 minutes)


Good Magazine


3/8:     Reclaiming the Pre-Industrial Diet



March 16: Final Paper Due: Essay on Ethical Eating

Catalog Description: 
Examines current debates within the United States about what dietary guidelines are optimal for human health; how changing conceptions of individual responsibility and political life are framing these debates; how social movements for food sovereignty are changing food practices: and how eaters define their ethics through food. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 12, 2017 - 9:00pm