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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Anthropology of Food Dissertation Titles (2006 - Present)

This list includes titles of dissertations written in years past by students on the MA Anthropology of Food programme. It is intended to convey the range of topics with which students on the course may engage in their work. Please note, we are unable to provide access to these dissertations, or to furnish the names or contacts of students who wrote them.

  • A Cheating Alternative?: Cheats' cookbooks and the future of British home cooking
  • A Garden that Grows Young People?: Food growing and stories of reconnection: a study of an urban food growing project in London
  • An Ethnographic Portrait of the London Green Grocer
  • An internal crisis: The value of Offal in the UK Meat Industry
  • Are You Listening? An analysis of the impact of communications on smallholder agriculture and livelihoods in Igbo Land, Nigeria
  • Aversion and Aspiration, the Mundane and the Ritual: Cobra and other food practices in post-war Vietnam
  • Beer Fish as Local Cuisine: Representations of local food in Yangshuo, China
  • Between Potentially Risky and Potentially Profitable: Local Responses to the Ongoing Issues and Trends in the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey
  • Bibimbap, Korean Air's In-flight Meal: A spoonful of nationalism in the air
  • Brewing a Heritage: Ale and authenticity with the Campaign for Real Ale
  • British Food Co-ops: The Social Dynamics of an Alternative Food Provisioning System
  • Cannabis in Grandma's Kitchen: The plant as food, drug and medicine?
  • CAP 'Greening': A Socio-ecological Critique of Rural Development Policies in England
  • Challenging Assumptions: Anthropological perspectives on urban agriculture in Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala
  • Challenging Cultural Ideas of Health: Fat acceptance and the 'heterotopia'
  • City Food Festivals: Community and class in the construction of the urban foodscape
  • Community Gardening in London: A critical perspective
  • Constructing Cuisine: A Comparative Study of British and Australian Cuisines
  • Consuming ‘Cheap’ Meat: How the British supermarket changed consumer attitudes to the meat commodity
  • Cookbooks and Ethnic and National Identity in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cultivating Livehihoods: Edible school gardens, and tools for youth empowerment in Southern Africa
  • Cultivating the Edge: The Hopeful Practice of Resistance Agriculture by First-Generation Women Farmers in the American Heartland
  • Cypriots in London: Food and identity in the diaspora
  • Dangerous Dinner Debates: Uncovering Anti-Feminist Rhetoric in the Family Dinner Debate
  • Dirt and Distance: Food packaging in the United States
  • Discourses of Rurality: Rural Television in Britain and Brazil
  • Discourses on Multiculturalism and Localism in British and Italian Television Cooking Shows
  • Disentangling New Actors: The risk politics of genetically modified organisms
  • Eating Qingzhen in China: Between purification and popularisation
  • El Queso, el Terruno y la Patrimonia: The renaissance of artisanal cheesemaking, terroir and heritage at Finca de Uga in Lanzarote, the Canary Islands
  • Ensuring Food Security in Pakistan: A comparative study on how development projects, access to land and natural disaster impacted food security in Sindh in 1973 and 2010
  • Everyone’s a Critic: How the Media Has Made Foodies of Us All
  • Exploring Foodways: A lens of analysis in times of food insecurity
  • Feeding Children’s Knowledge: A Historical Account of the Changes within Food Education in Britain
  • Food, Meaning and Older People
  • French Bread/Tunisian Bakers: The Baguette and Tunisian Identity in France
  • From Ancestral Hearths to Food Laboratories: Culinary Tradition and Molecular Gastronomy in Contemporary Catalan and Basque National Identities
  • Glamping: The diversification of British farms and the consumption of food
  • Hegemony in West Belfast: The Struggle for Food
  • Hospital Food: An anthropological look at food as medical, business and social experience in a UK paediatric hospital
  • How Fair is Fair?: The British Chocolate Industry, the Ministry of Food, Price Control and the Personal Points Rationing Scheme during the Second World War in Britain
  • How Far Can Commercially-led Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Contribute to London's Sustainability?
  • In Search of Authenticity: Food in Travel Literature
  • Itakaki Zen: Eating for enlightenment
  • Jamie Oliver's World: Performance and cooking on everyday British television
  • Japan through a Lens of Culinary Representation: Japanese Restaurants
  • Juicing Down Babylon: Mainstreaming I-Tal food and the politics of consuming health in London
  • Learning to Eat our Way in the World: Reconstructing the self in modern ethnic cookbooks
  • London Microbreweries: How craft beer is transforming tradition, identity and consumption in the capital
  • Making ‘Austerity’ Attractive: The role of Cuba and the 'Dig for Victory' campaign as models for contemporary urban agriculture movements
  • Mining-induced Displacement: Effects on land access and food security
  • ‘Moroccotown’: How is Identity Negotiated within the Food Trade on Golborne Road?: An Ethnographic Exploration
  • Negotiating Food Waste: An Anthropological Perspective from the South West of Ireland
  • Niche Commodities and 'Origin-Based' Marketing--Tools for Rural Development?: The Argan Oil Boom and the Appropriation of Nature and Culture by Sustainable Development Discourse in Morocco
  • No Flesh, No Gods: Atheist Vegetarian Worldviews and the Hegemony of Meat
  • Notion of 'Western Consumption' within the Post-socialist Context of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Pas plus mal? An ethnographic analysis of factors influencing livelihood development outcomes in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti
  • Pastoral Inclusion: Perceptions of identity in history and development among the Kazakh pastoralists of Northern Xinjiang
  • Perpetual Resistance, Reassessing Power
  • Possibilities and Challenges for Immigrant Farm Workers in the Fast Food Supply Chain: Strategies rooted in home countries go global
  • Prospects for Community Forest Governance and the UN-REDD mechanism
  • Provenance, Planet, People and Profit: The meaning and certification of sustainable restaurants in London  
  • Reading 'Everyday Practices' through 19th Century Colonial Cookery Books
  • ‘Resistance is Fertile’: How power relations in the city are contested through food
  • Rural Food Deserts: Are supermarkets the solution or has rurality already solved the problem?
  • Sacred Realms of Food: Rethinking 'diaspora' and 'development'
  • Secret Gardening: A Study of Contemporary London School Gardens
  • Shape Shifters: Negotiating identity transition in Slimming World
  • Sharing Food: The Influence of Travel and Tourism on Eating in Yunnan
  • Shifting Epistemological Gears: Production and social reproduction in the context of agro-fuel development in South Africa
  • Slow Food: The Case Against Taste
  • Soya: An 'invisible' ingredient with a big impact
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Political Expediency, Corporate Greenwash, or Individual Choice?
  • Sweet-toothed 'Sucrophobics': An investigation into Western attitudes towards sugar, sweetness and health
  • Tackling Malnutrition in Guatemala: Gender dynamics, development interventions, and the role of ethnography
  • Taiwan Beef Noodle and the Production of Nationality
  • The Business of Nutrition: A study of changing diets in Mumbai
  • The Language of Chocolate
  • The Luxury of Lean Living and How Relative Deprivation Makes Us Fat
  • The Meaning of Luxury Foods in Borough Market, London
  • The Paradox of ‘Authentic’ Italian Food Produced by Migrant Labourers
  • The Private and Public in an Alternative Cookery School
  • The Reproduction of Childhood Obesity and the Potential for Government Intervention in this Process
  • The Social Life of the Ukrainian Lard(er)
  • The Social Power of Community Cookbooks: Constructing the ‘Civilised’ Oshwal Woman
  • The Sweet Versatility of Urban Honey: Four Different Ways of Keeping Bees in London
  • The Two Locals: Food, Agri(culture), and Identity in Central Wisconsin
  • The Value and Values of Alternatives: (Re)connecting the dots?
  • ‘This is not kolokythakia tiganita!,’ or, What Greek Cookery Books Reveal about Tradition, Nationality and the Localities
  • To Quantify or Qualify?: Examining the Contemporary Rise in Food Poverty through Ethnography
  • Transnation and Transition: The Study on Foodways of Mainland Chinese Students in London
  • Urban Agriculture and Ethnography
  • Western Entomophagy: Making the Inedible Edible
  • What are the Different Values Articulated by Freegan Subculture in Regard to Food Waste?
  • What is Superfood?: Putting the pomegranate in perspective
  • What is the Influence of Westernized Japanese Food in Japanese Society?
  • When the Ingredients are There, but the Tradition is Not: Reverse Engineering Terroir on Scotland’s West Coast: Tensions for Land and Community
  • Whiskey and Experience