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Written explicitly for undergraduates, Re-imagining Milk demonstrates how a particular commodity can be used to illustrate ethnocentric beliefs about the universal goodness of milk; biological variation in human populations; political and economic processes that inform dietary policies, nutrition education, and current trends in globalization; the utility of a biocultural approach to the study of food; the cultural construction of a commodity that is consumed by many students on a daily basis, or if not, certainly is one that students "know" they "should" consume daily.


"Andrea Wiley's highly readable analysis of milk is a biocultural approach to anthropology that illustrates insights gained from integrating cultural, political, economic, and biological perspectives. Readers will come away with an understanding of milk and its consumption that moves from the genetic to the societal level." — Craig Hadley, Anthropology, Emory University


"Andrea Wiley's critical insights into a commodity that is central to U.S. identity, shapes food ideologies and consumption practices across the globe, and is built on the flawed bio-ethnocentric notion of milk as 'natures' perfect food.' This interesting and accessible text is perfect for use in my courses on contemporary human variation and food politics!" — Deborah L. Crooks, Anthropology, University of Kentucky


Andrea S. Wiley is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Human Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has conducted long-term field research in India. Her previous works include An Ecology of High Altitude Infancy and Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Perspective (with John Allen).