Some anthropological perspectives on eating: east or west

“En la medida en que somos lo que comemos, y lo que comemos ha sido influenciada por la publicidad, la publicidad ha ayudado a determinar lo que somos, tanto física como emocionalmente”
Arthur A. Berger

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 Some anthropological perspectives on eating: east or west

You are what you don’t eat.

Food is central to our sense of individual and social identity. We consume our identities through the food choices we make; what we incorporate and exclude from our diet helps to frame our social and cultural lives. The inverse of this is true as well; what other people eat is one of the ways that we understand their identity and what social and cultural groups they belong to.

‘Food operates as one of the key cultural signs that structure people’s identities and their concepts of others’ Xu

To some extent, my previous post defined the role of eating with identity. For those that have not yet had the time to digest this, I’ve been talking about the role of food from both the traditions of what we eat with in the form of cutlery, and that what…

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