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Presentation Title

The Herbivore Hierarchy: Maintaining the Vegetarian Identity and Principles

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Elizabeth Mescher '15Follow

Location

Library 205

Abstract

What does it mean to identify as a vegetarian at Lake Forest College? What kinds of social hierarchies exist among vegetarians and other food-conscious groups? After conducting interviews with Lake Forest College vegetarians and meat-eaters and gathering other information about the vegetarian experience on campus, I argue that, among vegetarians, there is a very important focus on how rigorously individuals maintain their dietary restrictions. My research reveals that there is a great emphasis on principles and cheating, raising interesting questions about how vegetarianism shapes a sense of self.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 1:20 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 1:40 PM

Panel

Panel: Food and Water in Civilization and Society

Panel Moderator

Shelley Sherman

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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Apr 9th, 1:20 PM Apr 9th, 1:40 PM

The Herbivore Hierarchy: Maintaining the Vegetarian Identity and Principles

Library 205

What does it mean to identify as a vegetarian at Lake Forest College? What kinds of social hierarchies exist among vegetarians and other food-conscious groups? After conducting interviews with Lake Forest College vegetarians and meat-eaters and gathering other information about the vegetarian experience on campus, I argue that, among vegetarians, there is a very important focus on how rigorously individuals maintain their dietary restrictions. My research reveals that there is a great emphasis on principles and cheating, raising interesting questions about how vegetarianism shapes a sense of self.