Matters of Taste: Cultural Value and Class

In this essay, I will particularly focus on the manner in which food and drink transcend their physical forms representing nourishment and necessity, and become meaningful symbolic entities which represent cultural values that both challenge and reproduce class divisions. Firstly, it will be established that food and drink maintain cultural value through constructed symbolism. I will then assess the arguments for and against the position that the cultural value of food and drink has an inextricable relationship with class.

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Consider the Homeless Man

Consider the homeless man. You may have considered the homeless as a collective noun, as a set of displaced peoples scattered throughout your town. But I want to consider the homeless individually and separate from each other, not in order to uncover their rich individual histories and circumstances, but to shift perspective on the topic. Because for the homeless man, charity represents much more - for he becomes the temporary target of good fortune and the subject of a morally beautiful and sublime action.