Honors | The Politics of Food (HON)
H204 | 13801 | Christine Barbour


MW 4:00-5:15pm

Although our daily lives are organized around food, most of us,
especially the fortunate few getting college educations in advanced
western democracies, probably never think of it in political terms
except in the narrowest of senses -- food stamp policy, perhaps, or
farm subsidies. In truth, for human beings, food -- the control of
our food supply and its distribution - is power, and power is the
essential stuff of politics. This course focuses on the politics of
food in contemporary America. The course will cover four major
topics:  food and political identity, politics and the American food
industry, the politics of hunger in the United States, and the Slow
Food movement against the McDonaldization of America (and the
world). I have not yet selected the books for the class, but they
may include Marion Nestle, Food Politics, Peter K. Eisinger, Toward
an End to Hunger in America, Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation, and
various articles and chapters.
Student's grades will be based on in-class work, 4 exams, and the
completion of a class project.