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
Chapter 5: Transaction of Food, Beverage and Ranking of Space
Humans exist and act in space; there cannot be any human existence or action in a void that has no dimension. Whenever and wherever humans survive and perform, they add some cultural context and assign certain meanings and values to the space of occurrence. Thus, a given space bears both tangible and intangible qualities and sometimes is presented as an extension of the social webs.
It has been noted, in recent years, that anthropological discourses consider space as an integral part of culture, this is a departure from the earlier works where it used to be mere backdrop for human society and culture; location of ...