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

Dravidian Food Culture: Discourse on Identity and Diffusion

Dravidian Food Culture: Discourse on Identity and Diffusion

Dravidian food culture: Discourse on identity and diffusion
M. Sreenathan


Food has emerged as a promising enterprise of localizing culinary experiences of the global others. It became a mediating cultural item for negotiating otherness. Globalization has opened a new food landscape of global culinary cultures across the world. It can be viewed as a palate colonization of the West. Such a classic view on colonization as a metaphor of exploitation does not sustain in the global narrative frame. Exchanges and mobility of cultures do not suit any more in the exclusive frame of exploitation and dominance in the emerging web-cultural context. Experiencing the other has emerged as a web-induced metaphor, which emphatically necessitates the ...

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