Date of Award

Summer 8-5-2015

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Committee Chair

Dr. Jeffrey Kaufmann

Committee Chair Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Committee Member 2

Dr. Bridget Hayden

Committee Member 2 Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Committee Member 3

Dr. John Meyer

Committee Member 3 Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

This thesis studies the craft beer culture in Hattiesburg in order to answer the research question: Is taste what draws people to this culture? Beyond conducting classic participant-observation, I deployed the method of sensory activated participant-observation in my fieldwork. In so doing, this research centers the perspective and the data collected on the senses, especially the taste of craft beer. The purpose of this research is to add to our knowledge of the anthropology of the senses and contribute to the literature on the anthropology of taste.

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