Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Ph.D.

Degree Granting Department

Anthropology

Major Professor

David Himmelgreen

Keywords

Biocultural Anthropology, Costa Rica, Cultural Consonance, Food Systems, Globalization

Abstract

This dissertation examined the relationship between food security status and cultural congruence and indicators of child growth and development in a rural mountain town in Costa Rica. Results show that children from food secure households are significantly shorter and shorter-legged than their food insecure counterparts. It is theorized that these findings correspond to low quality diets associated with increasing commodification of food systems in rural Costa Rica. Identity-based mechanisms are discussed as potential factors contributing to the increasing commodification of life through the encroachment of the global market economy.

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