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Food is central to the daily existence of people all over the world, whether we are growing it; shopping for it; preparing it; consuming it; or even just hungry for it.  Joseph Ewoodzie (Davidson College) traces the intersection of food, class, and race in a new book, Getting Something to Eat in Jackson: Race, Class and Food in the American South. This event is in partnership with the Salve Regina University Office of Muticultural Programs and Multicultural Education Week.


Joseph C. Ewoodzie, Jr., is an Associate Professor of Sociology | Vann Professor of Racial Justice at Davidson College. He uses qualitative research to examine how marginalized populations in urban locales make sense of inequalities in their everyday lives. Ewoodzie employs ethnographic methods to investigate how these populations interpret their social selves and the boundaries that both constrain and enable them.

He uses both music and food as a lens to understand the cultural dynamics of African American life in urban settings. His book Getting Something to Eat in Jackson: Race, Class, and Food in the American South provides a vivid portrait of African American life in the urban South that uses food to explore the complex interactions of race and class. Dr. Ewoodize is Ghanaian-American, raised in a small village in the Central Region of Ghana (Gomoa Jukwa).

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