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Test 1
Winter 2019-2020
A. Answer the questions below as completely as possible, providing details to support your answer. (52
1. In your own words, what is culture? Be specific. Include in your answer the components of culture that we
discussed in Week 2 and the characteristics of culture. (6 pts.)
2. a. What is Anne Allison saying about the Japanese, their schools, their food, their families, and their culture
in her article, Japanese Mothers and Obentos? Be sure to address each of these areas in your answer. (10 pts.)
b. How does Allison support Barthes’ ideas about food (Toward a Psychosociology of Contemporary Food
Consumption) – especially his definition of food and his point that food is not just a substance but a
circumstance? (6 pts.)
3. What does Anna Meigs tell us about the Hua view of food in her article Food as a Cultural Construction? (12
In your answer:

Explain the Hua’s absolute and relative food rules
What is the belief underlying these rules?
How does the Hua view of food differ from the mainstream American view?
4. What does Dylan Clark tell us about punk food rules in The Raw and the Rotten: Punk Cuisine? (12 pts.)
In your answer, consider:

What punks will and will not eat.
How punk cuisine differs from mainstream American cuisine
What ideology underlies punk food rules
5. What is the sociological imagination? How might someone using their sociological imagination view a
homeless person they encounter on the street?
(5 pts.)
B. Multiple Choice (6 pts.)
For these you can highlight the correct answer, put an X beside the correct answer, or put the correct
answer in bold font. As long as your choice is clear, it’s ok.
1. Which of the following characteristics is NOT true of the discipline of sociology?
a. Sociologists are interested in issues of identity
b. Only interested in society at the macro- level
c. Focuses on how humans live in groups
d. Uses scientific methods
2. True or false? Everyone is shaped by culture, but people who share a culture are not all the same.
a. true
b. false
3. Which of the following is NOT true of the symbolic interaction paradigm?
a. It holds that action depends on meaning.
b. It only focuses on large-scale social institutions or issues.
c. It holds that meanings change through our interactions with each other.
4. The functionalist paradigm is concerned with
a. how the different parts of society work together to keep society in balance.
b. how people interact in small groups.
c. understanding how people think about different aspects of society.
5. Anna Meigs wrote about how the Hua think about food and how that affects their consumption and social
relations. Which theoretical paradigm did she use?
a. Functionalism
b. Symbolic interactionism
6. Anne Allison considered obento boxes as tools that served a particular purpose in Japanese society. Which of
the following theoretical paradigms did she use?
a. Functionalism
b. Symbolic interactionism
C. Short Answer (14 pts.)
List the 7 categories of identity we learned and link something that has to do with food for each. You may use
examples from American society or elsewhere. Do not use the examples posted in the Week 1 folder on ulearn.

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