Can you help me understand this Social Science question?
Roland Barthes is a French sociologist who wrote this essay in the 1960s. It changed how sociologists talk about food. Although Barthes refers to French food, we can apply the same concepts to food in ANY culture. When you answer the questions below, be sure to provide examples of how food is more than sustenance – how it is connected to larger forces in society such as: cultural norms, values, beliefs, symbols, language, race, class, gender, age, political affiliation, geography, history, etc.
Remember the tradition you mention in your introduction? That tradition serves some important function in your life. It provides us with memories, connects us to others, provides us with comfort and security, and also is a source of profit, a political statement, and identity: it says something about who we are.
Answer the following questions in a Word document:
1. According to Barthes, what is food?
2. What does Barthes mean when he says food is a system?
3. What are the the three groups of themes he notices about French food?
4. What situations does he say are expressed by food as seen in the distinction he draws between a business lunch and a snack bar?
5. What is the two-fold value of food?
6. What does Barthes mean when he says that coffee is not so much a substance as a circumstance?
7. In one sentence, what is Barthes s aying in this article?
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