Around the Table: A Comparative Study on the Commensality of American and Italian Culture and Its Implications on Wellbeing
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Dr. Pia Bertucci
Dr. Greg Carbone
Commensality (the act of eating together) has been shown to increase psychosocial wellbeing. As culture differs, so do the ways commensality occurs. This thesis uses established literature to compare the commensality between two countries, the United States and Italy, and conclude how those behaviors impact psychosocial wellbeing. After exploration and drawing connections, the hope is that this thesis encourages a call for change on the way we view eating and how we can gather more often to improve overall psychosocial wellbeing.
Bernal, Joy, "Around the Table: A Comparative Study on the Commensality of American and Italian Culture and Its Implications on Wellbeing" (2023). Senior Theses. 615.
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