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Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition: Volumes I-III

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Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition

Volumes I-III

Edited by Janet Chrzan and John Brett

770 pages, 3 volume set, 28 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-297-5 $358.00/£265.00 Hb Published (February 2017)

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Published in Association with the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) and in Collaboration with Rachel Black and Leslie Carlin

“All chapters are brief and very well focused, outlining the methods and current issues with each specific approach to data collection… the presentation is clear and easy to follow, providing an excellent, if brief, professional overview of each topic with most key references at the end of each chapter… This book set will be an excellent guide for all food scholars.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

“I feel that this set will be exceptionally useful not only for anthropologists, but also for ethnographers, demographers, and others conducting research within food systems and food studies. With the burgeoning interest in food research at all levels, and with new graduate programs in the field, this book has the potential to be a crucial resource for scholars in the field… I look forward to requiring this as reading for my graduate students and advanced undergraduates.” • Teresa Mares, University of Vermont
“Unlike other resources I’ve come across, this set covers methods used in the traditional four fields of anthropology, ranging from highly quantitative and scientific oriented research to qualitative, culture oriented work… These volumes function as inclusive how-to manuals, providing examples of different questions each type of research might address as well as their limitations. Each chapter includes a helpful, extensive bibliography.” • Amy Bentley, New York University

“This set offers a comprehensive overview of methods across the discipline and beyond, providing readers with basic (and in some cases advanced) insights into why particular methods are useful and how those methods can be implemented… This is an unparalleled and comprehensive collection.” • David Beriss, University of New Orleans


The dramatic increase in all things food in popular and academic fields during the last two decades has generated a diverse and dynamic set of approaches for understanding the complex relationships and interactions that determine how people eat and how diet affects culture.  These volumes offer a comprehensive reference for students and established scholars interested in food and nutrition research in Nutritional and Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, Food Studies and Applied Public Health.

Janet Chrzan is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores the connections between social activities, dietary intake and maternal and child health outcomes.

John Brett is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Denver with a research focus on global and local food systems, food security and food justice.

Volume I:
Food Research
Nutritional Anthropology and Archaeological Methods
Edited by Janet Chrzan and John Brett
ISBN 978-1-78533-287-6

Volume II:
Food Culture
Anthropology, Linguistics, and Food Studies
Edited by Janet Chrzan and John Brett
ISBN 978-1-78533-289-0

Volume III:
Food Health
Nutrition, Technology, and Public Health
Edited by Janet Chrzan and John Brett
ISBN 978-1-78533-291-3
Subject: Anthropology (General) Food & Nutrition Archaeology




Introduction and Research Design
Janet Chrzan

Research Ethics in Food Studies
Sharon Devine and John Brett


Chapter 1. Design in Biocultural Studies of Food and Nutritional Anthropology
Darna Dufour and Barbara Piperata

Chapter 2. Nutritional Anthropometry and Body Composition
Leslie Sue Lieberman

Chapter 3. Measuring energy expenditure in daily living: Established methods and new directions
Mark Jenike

Chapter 4. Dietary Analyses
Andrea Wiley

Chapter 5. Ethnography as a tool for formative research and evaluation in public health nutrition: illustrations from the world of infant and young child feeding
Sera Young and Emily Tuthill

Chapter 6. Primate Nutrition and Foodways
Jessica Rothman and Caley Johnson

Chapter 7. Food Episodes/Social Events: Measuring the Nutritional and Social Value of Commensality
Janet Chrzan


Chapter 8. Archeological Food and Nutrition Research
Patti Wright

Chapter 9. Researching Plant Food Remains from Archeological Contexts: Macroscopic, Microscopic, Chemical and Molecular Approaches
Patti Wright

Chapter 10. Methods for Reconstructing Diet
Bethany Turner and Sarah Livengood

Chapter 11. Nutritional Stress in Past Human Groups
Alan Goodman

Chapter 12. Research on Direct Food Remains
Katherine Moore

Chapter 13. If there is food, we will eat: an evolutionary and global perspective on human diet and nutrition
Janet Monge

Chapter 14. Experimental Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, and the Application of Archaeological Data to Contemporary Households and Communities
Karen Metheny



Introduction and Research Design
Janet Chrzan

Research Ethics in Food Studies
Sharon Devine and John Brett


Chapter 1. The Anthropology of Food and Food Anthropology: A Sociocultural Perspective
Geraldine Moreno Black

Chapter 2. Interviewing Epistemologies: From Life History to Kitchen Table Ethnography
Ramona Lee Perez

Chapter 3. Body Image
Mimi Nichter and Nichole Taylor

Chapter 4. Visual Anthropology Methods
Helen Vallianatos

Chapter 5. On the Lookout: The Use of Direct Observation in Nutritional Anthropology
Barbara Piperata and Darna Dufour

Chapter 6. Participant-observation and Interviewing Techniques
Heather Paxson

Chapter 7. Focus Groups in Qualitative or Mixed Methods Research
Ramona L. Perez

Chapter 8. Studying Food and Culture: Ethnographic Methods in the Classroom
Carole Counihan


Chapter 9. Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Food Research Methods
Jillian Cavanaugh and Kate Riley

Chapter 10. Food Talk: Studying Food and Language in Use Together
Jillian Cavanaugh and Kate Riley

Chapter 11. An Introduction to Cultural Domain Analysis in Food Research: Free Lists and Pile Sorts
Ariela Zycherman

Chapter 12. Food and Text(ual) Analysis
Kate Riley

Chapter 13. Analysis of Primary Historic Sources
Ken Albala


Chapter 14. Introduction to Food Studies Methods
Amy Trubek

Chapter 15. Meaning Centered Food Research
Lucy Long

Chapter 16. Food and Place
William Woys Weaver

Chapter 17. Sensory Ethnography: methods and research design for Food Studies research
Rachel Black

Chapter 18. Methods for Examining Food Value Chains in Conventional and Alternative Trade
Catherine Tucker

Chapter 19. The Single Food Approach: A Research Strategy in Nutritional Anthropology
Andrea Wiley and Janet Chrzan



Janet Chrzan

Research Ethics in Food Studies
Sharon Devine and John Brett


Chapter 1. Introduction to Public Health Nutrition Methods
Ellen Messer

Chapter 2. Identifying and using indicators to assess program effectiveness: Food intake, biomarkers, and nutritional evaluation
Alyson Young and Meredith Marten

Chapter 3. Ethnography as a Tool for Formative Research and Evaluation
Gretel Pelto

Chapter 4. Methods for Community Health Involvement
David Himelgreen, Sara Arias Steele, and Nancy Romero-Daza

Chapter 5. Understanding Famine and Severe Food Emergencies
Miriam Chaiken

Chapter 6. Food Activism: Researching Engagement, Engaging Research
Joan Gross

Chapter 7. Food Praxis as Method
Penny Van Esterik


Chapter 8. Using technology and measurement tools in nutritional anthropology of food studies
John Brett

Chapter 9. Mapping Food and Nutrition Landscapes: GIS Methods for Nutritional Anthropology
Barry Brenton

Chapter 10. Photo-Video Voice
Helen Vallianatos

Chapter 11. Digital Storytelling: Using First-Person Videos about Food in Research and Advocacy
Marty Otanez

Chapter 12. Accessing and Using Secondary Quantitative Data from the Internet
James Wilson and Kristen Borre

Chapter 13. Using Secondary Data in Nutritional Anthropology Research:  Enhancing Ethnographic and Formative Research
Kristen Borre and James Wilson

Chapter 14. Designing food insecurity scales from the ground up: An introduction and working example of building and testing food insecurity scales in anthropological research
Craig Hadley and Lesley Jo Weaver

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