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Raman, Parvathi (2011) '“Me in Place, and the Place in Me”: A Migrant's Tale of Food, Home and Belonging.' Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 14 (2). pp. 165-180.

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Abstract

In this memoir, the central of role of food in the life of migrants is recalled in the story of an Indian family's journey to Britain in the 1950s, a time when very few South Asian restaurants or shops had been established. The memoir seeks to redress the imbalance in much writing on food and migration, where food is the primary focus, and migrants and their journeys tend to form a rather ghostly backdrop to the culinary action. The family's quest for the “food of home” highlights the centrality of culinary practices in their lives, and the relationship between food and ideas of home and belonging. It provides an alternative window into an intimate world of food and migration, offering insights into both the inner space of the migrant psyche, and outer, mobile, food geographies and social histories. Food practices are explored as a grammar for a politics of the migrant self.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 15528014
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.2752/175174411X12893984828674
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2016 12:04
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22224

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