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Food Traditions, Family Identity and Social Structure, social science assignment

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In this assignment, you are asked to analyze a major ritual meal in your family from an anthropological perspective. You may choose any major ritual meal to analyze, EXCEPT for Thanksgiving. This means that you can choose a meal that your family may make on a religious holiday, a birthday celebration, a weekly family get together, or any other special meal event or occasion. This needs to be a meal that is mostly home-cooked, however,  and not a meal that you go out for in a restaurant. It is fine if you purchase prepared food for this meal, but you will have an easier time with your analysis if it is a meal that your family cooks and prepares itself (at least for the most part). This should not just be an average meal that you eat every day, but rather a special (i.e. ritual) meal of some type. You will be answering an array of questions about the meal and will need to include citations from the readings (will be provided) to analyze how food traditions and foodways contribute to your family identity and social structure.

Note: we recognize that for various reasons, students may not have a family ritual that they want to write about– this is not a problem. Perhaps there is another ritual meal that you experience with a group of friends (Taco Tuesday with the roommates, birthday celebration with a friend) that also fits the above criteria.

You Will find the Word template you will be completing for the assignment attached. MUST USE TEMPLATE.

Required Readings (choose three to cite)
  • DeVault, M. (2008) Conflict and deference. In C. Counihan & P. Van Esterik (Eds.) Food and culture: a reader, 2, 240-258, Routledge.
  • Carrington, C. (2008). Feeding lesbigay families. In C. Counihan & P. Van Esterik (Eds.) Food and culture: a reader, 2, 259-288, Routledge.
  • Wilk, RR. (2008). Real Belizean food. In C. Counihan & P. Van Esterik (Eds.) Food and culture: a reader, 2, 308-325, Routledge.
  • William-Forson, P. (2008). More than just the “Big Piece of Chicken”: The power of race, class, and food in American consciousness. In C. Counihan & P. Van Esterik (Eds.) Food and culture: a reader, 2, 107-118, Routledge.
  • Siskind, J. (2002). The Invention of Thanksgiving: A ritual of American nationality. In C. Counihan (Ed.) Food in the USA: a reader, 41-58. Psychology Press.

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