Food studies is a bit of a complex term, in my opinion. There seems to be a specific set of criteria that constitutes if something is ‘food studies’ or not. Food studies refers to the study of human interaction with food rather than its nutritional qualities and analysis of its physical qualities. While this can be incorporated into the study of how food relates to people, that is not the primary goal of food studies. Food studies is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in its practice, drawing on multiple areas of study to gain a more in depth understanding of the effect that food has on humans. Sociology, anthropology, business analytics, and theory can all be applied in certain ways to food studies, among other fields. Such a study is important because it can bring cultures together as well as reveal certain aspects about the past from around the world that may be a lot harder to understand without taking a look at ancient cuisine.
Food studies can be multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary and are the relationship between people and the food they eat. The article talks about how what you choose to eat and how you eat the food can say a lot about a person including our backgrounds and possibly our personalities as well. The article talks about how food is widely a cultural thing and has a big impact on young children and often shapes what they enjoy later in life. Food also can show the impact on our mood. How you’re feeling can’t always verbalize it. But through what we eat it can become clear. The chapter finishes off with talking about methods of food investigation.
The study of food is an underrepresented yet extremely diverse discipline that involves combining many practices to evaluate how humans interact with food and how it shapes us. Cultures are created and defined by what is available to them, and nowhere is this truer than in the kitchen. Foods can shape and influence who we are, where we have been, where we are going, and how we perceive the world around us. I found this introduction eye-opening as even in the short summaries of future readings, they forced me to think and evaluate food in a new and unique way. I have only ever considered food from my perspective, and I am looking forward to expanding my perception into worldviews I haven’t considered before.
Food studies is the study of the relationship between food and the human experience. Food studies can either be interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary depending on if people are studying the food or if people relationship with food is being studied. The authors explain that the food that people eat can show their beliefs, passions, background knowledge, and assumptions, and their personalities. The need for food is a biological drive that is inside of everyone. Food overall, can be a helpful tool in the study of anthropology due to it teaching about human habits. Having a better understanding of food and how it can influence people decisions is an important tool in life. It can allow an insight into people that words can not convey. I feel like this reading did a good job of introducing food studies and explaining the importance of this discipline.
The reading starts off by explaining how food studies are inherently multidisciplinary because there are so many academic fields that are used when studying food. There is a need for sociological and anthropologic understandings of food as well as historical and economic. The chapter goes on to talk about how the culture surrounding food is crucial to a large part of our development as children. For example, the author discusses how when eating in a cafeteria is a “…place where assimilative food pressures and peer relationships collide” (2). It is at this developmental stage that children are often seen abandoning or altering previously established eating habits in exchange for those that are seen in the cafeteria. The article goes on to talk about how food can be used to study different social issues because it is one of the main biological driving forces. One such exploration was done when looking at the connection between food and masculinity (4). The chapter concludes by talking about the different methodological approaches that are required in food studies and how that adds to the inherent nature of it being a multidisciplinary field. Overall, I found this reading to be an eye-opening and necessary introduction to the field. I didn’t realize how many other skills that I have learned from taking classes in different subjects, like sociology, would benefit me when taking this course.
Food Studies is an interdisciplinary study which looks at how humans and food interact and define one another. Food studies can be multidisciplinary, meaning it is studied by professionals from a broad range of fields such as psychology and agriculture. It can also be interdisciplinary, meaning one study can involve multiple areas of expertise such as business and history. Food studies can be approached from various angles, like those mentioned before, to better understand our relationship to food. Food impacts us on personal levels, guiding what we eat, how we associate foods, and how we express ourselves. While many fields study how food and humans interact, courses about food studies are rare due to the Western “mind over body” philosophies. This is unfortunate because the study of food can tell us about the lives of those before us, including their beliefs, migration patterns, and changes over time.