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Sweetness and Power is a historical study of sugar and its affect on society and economy since it was first discovered Sugar has had a large impact on society and the economy that is not noticeable unless thoroughly studied The following is an analysis of the work done by Sidney W Mintz in his attempt to enlighten the educated layperson Mintz uses a very basic system for organizing the tremendous amount of data found within in the book The book is divided into 5 chapters Food Sociality and Sugar Production Consumption Power and Eating and Being Each of these chapters discusses different issues dealing with the main idea while moving in a more or less chronological order For example the chapter entitled Production begins by discussing the means by which sugar was produced in its earliest existence and then ends by discussing more modern forms of production Within the chapter Mintz branches off and discusses various effects sugar has had on the economy and society However to fully understand the structure of the book each chapter must be looked at individually to see how each is organized Chapter one begins by describing the connection between different groups of society and the food that each of them eats Mintz argues that food is a factor in which one can identify and categorize a society andor those who belong to that society which is shown on page 3 with the line Food choices and eating habits reveal distinctions of age sex status culture and even occupation Later in the book Mintz will continue this contention by describing sugar as a symbol of power and nobility Another important idea revealed to the reader in chapter one is the source of focus for the book which is shown in this statement on page 5 Specifically I am concerned with a single substance called sucrose a kind of sugar extracted primarily from the sugar can and with what became
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