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 6: Man, Medicine and Foods in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh
Food is basic for human survival. None can survive without food; it is essential for maintenance and building of body tissues and muscles. While food is many-splendored thing (Counihan 1999), it has social, cultural, biological, nutritional, ritual and many more aspects. Food does not simply fulfil the biological needs of human body; it has mental and healing effects as well. In many cultures rural people consume about half the food as medicines. Although food cannot replace medication entirely, it is the basis of sound health; a healthy diet eventually contributes towards lowering health risks. In fact, a healthy diet has been evidenced ...