Anthropology Candidate Jesse Dart works at the intersection of business anthropology and the anthropology of food. Mr. Dart researches how and why tech companies offer their employees free food. Looking at the same company’s practices in several different countries, he draws out how patterns of eating reflect regional cultural beliefs about labor, land, and tradition, and how corporate practices both reflect and reinscribe these ideas as well.
Just in time for American Thanksgiving, we discuss how food is tied to ritual, emotion, identity, and history. From local wisdom about specific foods like truffles to the deeply embedded symbols and practices of national holidays like American Thanksgiving dinner, food plays a unique role in our lives that extends well beyond simple nutrition. And just like the Thanksgiving parade and Black Friday shopping reinforce the central role business and capitalism have on our lives, so too do our workplaces shift our practices and views.
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For more information on Jesse Dart:
Mr. Dart’s University Webpage: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/jesse.dart.794.php
Mr. Dart’s Personal Webpage, featuring his photography and writings: Http://jessedart.com
For more information on materials referenced in our conversation:
Association for the Study of Food and Society, which is updated regularly with conferences and journal articles: http://www.food-culture.org/
Society for the Study of Food and Nutrition
Secrets from the Greek Kitchen: Cooking, Skill, and Everyday Life on an Aegean Island (California Studies in Food and Culture)
Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture, Second Edition
Hi! This is really fascinating work. Just thought I would also remind your listeners that the AAA has a food-focused section, the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, which has a fabulous blog and web site: https://foodanthro.com/. Come check it out!
Absolutely – I added the link above. Thank you!