The Sociology of Food

image courtesy Masahiro Ihara

Taught by Stephanie

Stephanie eats and cooks a lot. If she's not in her kitchen or at your table, she may be scouring the outer boroughs for new tastes, talking to her grocer, at a food party, watching a food film, or going to a food talk. Or, maybe picking herbs from her window, feeding chickens, or snagging some greens in the park. And she's doing a PhD in Sociology. So, she's doing food with reflexivity!

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Come one and all for the sharing of unstuffy sociological gems to put more 'know' behind something we all know and love: food!

We'll explore some of the compelling mysteries behind eating and making food, such as:
- What does your peanut butter say about your social background?
- What's the point of more than one fork in a table setting?
- Why was grandma probably a better cook than mom and a much better cook than dad?
- What are freegans and vegans and wild foodies and raw foodies and locavores and permaculturists and ...?
- Why do all bananas seem to come from the same place?
- What is organic and fair trade and free range and slow food anyway?
And more!

We'll link these mysteries through a bird's eye exploration of core aspects of sociological theory, trying to shed some light on this most basic act of daily life. 

This class, like alllll of the others, happens at the Brainery space at 515 Court St in Brooklyn, on the corner of W 9th and Court.

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