The Natural World Through Cultural Lenses: What people do and don't eat (Carol)Readings:
"Food Preference and Tabu in American Domestic AnimalsÃ¢â‚¬Â (pp. 169-179
) from Culture and Practical Reason by Marshall Sahlins. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976).
"Grub" by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker, August 15, 2011, p. 38-xx; available on-line
) (Note: Daniella Martin graduated from Marlboro College in 2002. She did research in Mexico and wrote her Plan in medical anthropology/ethnobiology.)
take a look at the alumni profile for Daniella Martin
, be sure to check out her website
It may also be interesting to take a look at the book Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio. (Reserve shelf)Questions to contemplate:
What do/don't we eat and why? What associations, for example, do we have with lobsters? with scorpions or mealworms? Why might we argue that our "cultural logic" concerning the edibility of these different animals is, in fact, somewhat culturally illogical? What is it about the consumption of mammal meat vs. insect meat that has larger consequences for the natural world?