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Identity Presentation

  1. 1. Food Cultures March 26, 2012 Heather Blanchard Matthew Bedard Robert Barnes 1Monday, March 26, 2012
  2. 2. What’s For Dinner? 2Monday, March 26, 2012
  3. 3. Video 3Monday, March 26, 2012
  4. 4. Food Culture Readings • Shields-Argeles: Mastering French Cuisine, Espousing French Identity • Lukacs: Iron Chef Around the World 4Monday, March 26, 2012
  5. 5. Shields-Argeles Mastering French Cuisine, Espousing French Identity 5Monday, March 26, 2012
  6. 6. Summary • American women (Beth & Linda) married to french men • Linda: In Chicago, supportive husband (food), extension of France/self, exotic • Beth: In Paris, husband critical (food), extension of America/refute, simplification • Value of French food rituals and assimilation to the cultural practice • Selves defined through narrative reconstruction, the act of eating: presenting, preparation, discussion. 6Monday, March 26, 2012
  7. 7. Critical Evaluation • Cultural other/superiority (Appadurai) • Cosmopolitanism/expatriation (Beck) • Cultural capital/construction of taste (Strauss/ Tomlinson) • Self-reflexivity (Fouccalt) 7Monday, March 26, 2012
  8. 8. Gabriella Lukacs Iron Chef Around the World Japanese food television, soft power and cultural globalization 8Monday, March 26, 2012
  9. 9. Video 9Monday, March 26, 2012
  10. 10. Summary • Japanese cooking show • High drama, High cost ingredients • Global audience • Localization (Iron Chef America) • Media may not act as soft power 10Monday, March 26, 2012
  11. 11. Critical Appraisal • Westernization • Cultural Globalization • Cosmopolitan Media (?) • Sense-making through an Oriental framework 11Monday, March 26, 2012
  12. 12. Application • Food as cultural capital (awareness, preparation, exploration, access) • Playing into/reinforcement of stereotypes • Definition and role of “the other” • Food as entertainment 12Monday, March 26, 2012
  13. 13. What’s For Dinner? 13Monday, March 26, 2012
  14. 14. Discussion • What is the role of food in cosmopolitanism? • Can food transcend class? • How does taste help constitute the nation/ state? 14Monday, March 26, 2012
  15. 15. Bon Appetit! Itadakimasu! Happy Eating! Heather Blanchard Matthew Bedard Robert Barnes 15Monday, March 26, 2012

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