You are what you drink in Honduras

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In the field, anthropologists learn to cope with and even eventually appreciate unusual food and drink. But they also experience "out of the ordinary" consumption etiquettes, behaviors, and ethicsin those host communities as well. In most societies what is put into the body and how, when, and where the consumption of food or drink occurs communicate crucial information about the individual and his or her culture. Personal identity, ethnicity, perceptions of self, and how others perceive you are determined in part by what and how one eats or drinks. Moreover, it is important for anthropologists to be accepted by their hosts, to "fit" in their adoptive communities, and not to insult new friends. Being in a foreign country presents certain challenges to the visitor, and the adjustments regarding food and drink are among the most important and interesting field adaptations for anthropologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdventures in Eating
Subtitle of host publicationAnthropological Experiences in Dining from Around the World
PublisherUniversity Press of Colorado
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781607320159
ISBN (Print)9781607320371
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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