Social Science – Sociology
There must be a 250 word response per question
Pick either Jewish or Muslim dietary laws and explain which foods are forbidden, which foods are most admired and which have special meanings for a life transition, like a wedding, funeral, etc. Explain the meaning of these do’s and don’ts from the perspective of the tradition you chose. References from your texts or another peer-reviewed or high-quality source required.
Feminists have pointed out that one of the unpaid female gender roles is that of family nutritionist. What does this role consist of? What power dynamics are at play in this family role? How does this role become thankless? How does this role contribute to the different longevity and health status metrics of partnered vs. unpartnered men?
What is the most compelling theory for why some cultures consider insects a delicacy and others don’t? Have you ever partaken in such delicacies? Was this knowingly or unknowingly?
Evaluate the claims that organic produce and meats promote better health. Analyze the perception of organic foods in society in your response.
As sociologists, we can ask: what institutions influence childhood obesity? How would they need to shift in order to deliver high-quality nutrition to children? Do children experience other ill-effects, on a societal level, from obesity? Do you think that high-profile initiatives like First Lady Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, in limiting sodas and junk food in schools, are useful in influencing structural changes that affect children?
During the period of European colonialism, continuing through recent American political/military hegemony, indigenous cultures have been influenced by these outside cultures in powerful ways. Name an example of local people’s foodways incorporating the invaders’ or conquerors’ foodways. [Avoid the American hamburger/pizza/Starbucks examples.]