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Dynamics of Food Consumption in a Q'eqchi' Maya Community
by Lucas, William A., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 121; 10604462
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines how a nutrition transition effects identity, locality, and economy in a Q’eqchi’ Maya aldea (hamlet) near Livingston, Guatemala, located along the Caribbean coast. The data collected explore community members’ attitudes and behaviors regarding food consumption, food sources, and health—both individual and familial. This thesis examines the structuralist categories community members created within a larger discussion of the effects of globalization and economic development on indigenous communities. Analysis explored how external processed food companies profit by hijacking internal cultural attributes. Findings indicate that, as community members have had consistent contact with external forces for at least 25 years, local notions of healthiness have accommodated processed foods into the diet. Based on these findings, this research enhances our understandings of how processed food companies have used marketing and branding to insert themselves into rural communities—what Thomas Leatherman calls “Coca Colonization.”

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howell, Jayne
Commitee: Gasco, Janine, Loewe, Ronald
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social research, Behavioral psychology, Nutrition, Native American studies
Keywords: Anthropology of development, Diet, Food anthropology, Guatemala, Maya, Q'eqchi', Structuralism
Publication Number: 10604462
ISBN: 978-0-355-21920-3
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