Every society has expectations about how its members should and should not behave.
A norm is a guideline or an expectation for behavior.
Today sociologists of food display considerable diversity in their theoretical approaches, research methods, and empirical foci.
Sociologists draw upon both classic and contemporary sociological theorists to study food’s production, distribution, and consumption as well as how food and eating are integrated into social institutions, systems, and networks.
Hypergamy (colloquially referred to as "marrying up") is a term used in social science for the act or practice of a person marrying another of higher caste or social status than themselves.
The subject matter of sociology is quite often invisible or not directly observable.Rural and natural resource sociologists especially have long emphasized the management and impacts of food production systems in their work.In classical tomes food was typically mentioned as an example of social classification or of social problems rather than a distinct object of study.These natural conclusions of functionalism invited stern criticism during the mid-1900’s, when social upheaval was present in many parts of the world.Functional theory seemed to support the idea of a ‘status quo’, or an assumption that social functions are either fine as they are or are evolving toward something better.