Tamales, Arepas, Pupusas: Hispanic East Boston - Eating Cultures: Boston's Foodways with Merry White
Food studies have taken off. Beyond the home economics or domestic science classrooms of the past, scholars and practitioners of eating in various disciplines have gained new legitimacy, in intellectual and gustatorial endeavors. Books about food, not only cookbooks, are flying off the shelves and more people have engaged in “chowhound” activity, seeking out exciting and novel foods, even in Boston! Ours is a small, compact city with layers of immigration and culture in neighborhoods which are easily explored, especially through their foodways. These tours will use materials and perspectives drawn from anthropology and world history, to treat food as a focus for understanding urban identities and social change. Optional readings will be offered as appropriate to the tours. Come prepared, rain or shine, for lots of walking and eating!Each session will be led by Professor Merry White, Department of Anthropology, Boston University. Sessions will begin at Boston University and last approximately three hours, excluding travel time to and from Boston University, and will include lunch.