Dr. Andrea Wiley, "Growing Children Around The World: Contemporary Global Patterns of Milk Consuption and The Meanings of Child Growth"

When Feb 01, 2011
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
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Contact Phone 852-2426
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Historically milk production and consumption were important parts of local foodways in several areas of the world but notably absent from others.  This pattern corresponded to biological variation in milk digestion.  However, by the late 20th century, milk consumption has become globally normative, and a spectacular rise in intake has been documented in countries with emergent economies, including China and India.  Meanwhile in the U.S., consumption has declined steadily, especially among children.  Wiley argues that milk has been able to acheive a dominant presence in diets in India and China by being positioned as a food with special qualities that enhance physical growth, which in turn serves as a powerful metaphor for individual and national power and wealth.

Dr. Wiley is a professor of anthropology and director of the Human Biology Program at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Lecture sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.