Politics, Food, and Latin America
Professor Ramona Pérez, Director
Center for Latin American Studies, SDSU
The study of food and its relationship to culture, human and environmental sustainability, economic strategies, access and distribution, and human rights has become an integral part of research, public policy, and health. In this seminar we will explore the connections between what we eat and how individual identities are created via the production, preparation, distribution, and consumption of food; how shifts in the environment, public policy, and economics contribute to food (in)security; the impact that migration/displacement has on food, nutrition, and consumption; and how to research issues related to food and nutrition. This seminar aims to provide you with theoretical and empirical tools to understand and critically evaluate food systems at both local and global levels. We will explore the history of particular foods that have moved from the Americas to other parts of the world; the formation of cuisines that mark identity; food as status symbol and marker of class; and the way in which food is conveyed from one generation to the next. Underlying this multidisciplinary, comparative approach is a primary focus on how food equates to power.
Schedule # 22112
1600-1840 T AH-3130
Ramona L. Pérez, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Latin American Studies
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6022