Walking Tours with Merry White: Dorchester
Food studies have taken off. Beyond the home economics and domestic science classrooms of the past, scholars and practitioners of eating in various disciplines have gained new legitimacy in intellectual and gustatory endeavors. Books about food—not just 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 that are easily explored, especially through their foodways. These tours will use materials and perspectives drawn from anthropology and world history to look at food as a means of 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 of Boston University’s Department of Anthropology. Sessions will begin at BU and last approximately three hours, excluding travel time to and from the University, and include lunch.