Sociology & Anthropology

Emily Gullickson ‘10: Gastronomic Hierarchies of Value: A Case Study of the Market for French AOC Wines

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Session: The Global Market- MBH 216 at 5:20 p.m. from the Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium
Faculty Sponsor: Thierry Warin, International Studies; Linus Owens, Sociology & Anthropology
Major: International Studies

The business model of the food industry, as it stands today, is unsustainable. Dominated by fast food and international agribusinesses, the industry increasingly wreaks havoc on traditional agricultural processes, nutrition, and the distance between producer and consumer. To counter these negative trends, organizations like Slow Food International have begun to champion the importance of “quality” for health, the environment, and the art of gastronomy. But what does quality mean and what will be its impact on the global food industry? An analysis of wines produced in France and labeled with the government-sponsored quality certification system, Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, reveals that an emphasis on quality and geography, rather than brand, makes the food market more monopolistically competitive, more inclusive yet hierarchical. Furthermore, quality changes the values of the food industry from efficiency and low-prices to diversity and people’s fundamental right food that is “good, clean and fair.”

Ben Manger ’11, Dana Callahan ’13, Matthew George ‘12.5, and Clayton Pashke ’13: Restorative Justice at Middlebury College

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Session: Conflict Resolution and the Quest for Order- MBH 216 at 2:30 p.m. from the Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium
Faculty Sponsor: Jon Kidde, Sociology & Anthropology
Major: Philosophy

According to Howard Zehr (2002), “Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.” In the following paper, we propose various methods of incorporating restorative practices into the Middlebury College judicial system. These practices usually include an open discussion between the victim and offender of a crime, in which the victim explains the impact of the crime on his/her life, and how the offender can repair the harm. We will address how restorative justice can meet the needs of offenders, victims, and our campus community in cases of academic dishonesty, sexual assault, and physical battery.

Eleanor Johnstone ‘10: Dialogues of Tradition and Nationality in the Legal Systems of Cameroon’s Muslim North

Session: Conflict Resolution and the Quest for Order- MBH 216 at 1:50 p.m. from the Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Sheridan, Sociology & Anthropology
Major: English & American Literature
During my study abroad experience with SIT’s Develo p.m.ent and Social Change program in Cameroon, I spent six weeks in Ngaoundéré, a large town in the country’s Muslim North. Using surveys, interviews, and secondary materials I examined the relationship between the national secular legal system and traditional Islamic Fulbe law. My goal was to explore the balance between the two systems and identify areas of tension; I was particularly interested to discover if the relationship impaired prospects for develo p.m.ent in Ngaoundéré’s community. Keeping issues of gender, religion, language, and nationalism in mind, I assessed the effect of the dual legal system on the civilian sense of choice and order. My presentation will give an overview of Cameroon’s national history and will address Ngaoundéré’s significance within this highly diverse country. I will then describe my research process and present its findings.