Food habits in correlation with social status/class
i?? Choose one of the class ethnographic-style projects as your object of study (which you will come to understand as your i??exhibiti?? source). Use the whole paper or a particular interview. Your task is to determine what can be learned about the participantsi?? settings from these experiences, in ways that somehow illuminate cultural and political dynamics of the specific food practices and experiencesi??this is the big picture, what we can learn from the participant stories, as opposed to the smaller picture, what we learn about them. Methods used will include
o close reading of your object of study to uncover key moments in the paper and findings,
o as well as finding relevant ethnographic studies and putting their concepts and findings in conversation with those of the object of study.
i?? Draft an exploratory research question, such as the following example by Nathaniel Yackel (Spring 2014, edited for space reasons): I??We make it better herei?? by Juan Mesias, Jarred Stancil, and Marco Olimpio focuses on three older women cooking for families in rural Argentina, North Carolina, and Italy. The paper shows relationships between local ingredient use, tradition, and community established through cooking practices. Specifically, I would like to explore: How does the element of locality affect how older women in rural settings form communal relationships through cooking?i??
Just as Nathaniel did, weave together the following elements in your question:
o the paper or interview youi??re working with;
o the authorsi?? key findings regarding participantsi?? practices, their meanings for the participants, and their larger significance;
o the settings/roles/circumstances/social group categories they represent, due to the significance of these both for ethnographers and for understanding societal dynamics of foodways and food justice (see p. 19 of this handout);
o and what you can learn from published ethnographies (and possibly other scholarship) that relates to the original paper.
i?? You should continue to refine your question through several revisions, exploring some aspect of the findings in light of relevant published qualitative research. You may focus on relevant findings of the entire ethnographic paper or a subset of them. Your question should in some way incorporate relevant positionality/social group factors, as explained in the ethnographic assignment, p. 18, due to their significance. Explore these factorsi?? relationships to the participantsi?? practices experiences. Address some combination of race, ethnicity, nationality, immigrant status, gender, sexuality, economic class, age, religion, region, urban/rural/suburban status, physical or mental ability, and/or specific social roles.
i?? Develop an interpretive framework to use as a lens for analyzing your chosen object. Use one or more critical terms or conceptual frameworks from one or more course readings, plus additional academic sources and other material as appropriate for your focus. Use this interpretive framework to develop your analysis. Situate the original paperi??s findings in relation to those of other relevant ethnographic studies. Use your sources to assemble a scholarly and intellectually informed conversation that will provide a context and impetus for your own contribution. Consider multiple perspectives.
i?? Tailor your analysis to the needs and expectations (including use of terms, types of evidence, style, and so on) of a specific audience who can benefit somehow from the knowledge you will produce. Make sure this audience includes relevant types of scholars.
Research question i drafted:
My participant was a middle-class Chinese who was born poor. He adapted his food practice in order to reach health goal after he was ill due to lacking diet. This shows the health consciousness on food of middle-class in China. Specifically, I would like to explore: Does social class affect peoplei??s food practices in correlation with the health goal and how do middle class people achieve the health goal.
My object of study will be Wang who is a middle-class Chinese who was born poor. He once had lacking diet. He gradually changed his food practice when he had realized how unhealthy his diet was. As a result, he strived to find new ways of food source and practice.
These are the sources i need to use in the essay:
Backett-Milburn, Kathryn C; Wills, Wendy J; Roberts, Mei-Li; Lawton, Julia. i??Food, eating and taste: Parents perspectives on the making of the middle class teenager.i?? Social Science & Medicine. Oct 2010.
Calnan, Michael; Cant, Sarah. i??The Social Organisation of Food Consumption: A Comparison of Middle Class and Working Class Households.i?? The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 1990.
Wills, Wendy; Backett-Milburn, Kathryn; Roberts, Mei-Li; Lawton, Julia. i??The framing of social class distinctions through family food and eating practices.i?? The Sociological Review. Nov 2011.
This critical analysis needs to make connections with the part of paper i chose to analysis. I will put that part of paper in the personalized order tracking area.
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Wang is a friend of my father for years, a forty-six year old Chinese middle-class male. He was amiable and I had been visiting him since I was a kid. Usually I would have lunch with his family. As I remembered, at first, meat of any kind was always the only theme of his diet. But iti??s not the case years later. As soon as I noticed the rapid change of his diet, I became curious about the incident that prompted him to alternate his food practice.
Born in an extremely poor family, Wang definitely experienced the bitter of life. i??As I grew up, I had realized the difference between my family and others, that is, it could never satisfy my request even the basic need of food. My main memory of childhood was starving.i?? From then, he never asked for anything like other kids did from his parents. He even dropped out school since his family couldni??t afford his tuition fee. However, with no complaints, he began to work in a garage. Life in the garage was hard. A kid of age 15 who has no professional knowledge in fixing would never get any attention. He told himself to carry on. As long as he got a chance, he observed the process in fixing and asked questions that others might think as ridiculous.
Even now I still cherish that time as my best ever. Eagerness toward success motivated me to learn more. However, the only thing that seemed imperfect was food. I could only afford a bowl of noodle with no toppings. It was hard for a boy at growing age. I was bothered by hunger and sometimes I even woke up in the midnight because of it.
With a shameful smile on his face, I could hardly see any disappointment toward that time period.
Because of his endeavor, the employer soon promoted him. At that time, he felt completeness of life. He made a decent salary and his parents wouldni??t suffer from life any more. He started to go to restaurants to reward himself. i??I almost told myself that I already reached the goal of my life. Beyond feeding myself, I can even make choices among many restaurants. What else could I ask for?i?? It is noteworthy that meat was his only choice. i??I was really scared of hunger because my childhood experience. The most thing that I ate while I was a kid was the vegetables that my parents planted. If possible, I thought I would never eat vegetable again because it was enough for me.i??
However, the stabilized life didni??t last long. The garage was closed few years later because the manager was broke. Wang was panic and the first thing came in mind was that he might starve again. When people adapt to a better life, iti??s difficult for them to the bear the hard life again. The uncertainty of life gave Wang a lesson. He then wanted to start his own business since it seemed to be the most stable way to him at that time. i??I had savings from the job and I borrowed money from friends. I started my own garage cause iti??s my expertise field.i?? Wang co