Food practices of a people is the product of multiple factors. Endogenous as well as exogenous factors influence people’s opinion and preferences about food. In India and its neighbouring countries, food practices are often delimited by economic standing, religion, caste and analogous systems of social ranking of the consumers. State and market forces also influence food behaviour by exercising control over production and trade. Food and Power: Expressions of Food-Politics in South Asia studies power relations between those who eat and those who decide (or at least try to decide) what people should eat. It raises questions pertaining to the politicization of ethnographic tradition in South Asia in relation to the intersection of religion, economy and food. This book explores how traditional food practices have undergone change owing to the influences of migration globalization and popular media to understand how ethos of the powerful affects the foodways of relatively weaker ethnic, religious, occupational and gender groups

Small Community and Large Industries: Food and Other Resources of Dandami Maria of Bastar

Small Community and Large Industries: Food and Other Resources of Dandami Maria of Bastar

Small community and large industries: Food and other resources of dandami maria of bastar
Amitabha Sarkar

Small-scale communities living in different eco-settings often depend on natural resources that are available in local eco-systems for their sustenance. Those resources are often utilized by them with the help of their age-old knowledge and techniques. Ways of using natural resources through application of technological knowledge help to create distinctive lifestyle of a community and are cherished by their specific ecological niche (Hardesty 1977, 289).

Undivided Bastar District that constitutes a large part of present-day Indian state of Chhattisgarh houses a rich cultural mosaic; presence of different ethnic groups, many of whom are ...

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