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

Asserting ‘Freedom’: Building Resistance in Student Communities through Consumption Strategies

Asserting ‘Freedom’: Building Resistance in Student Communities through Consumption Strategies

Asserting ‘Freedom’: Building resistance in student communities through consumption strategies
Urmimala Sarkar Munsi

Everyday practices around food habits and the passion with table which humans engage in making and asserting food choices tell us a range of stories about happy times of celebration and sharing on one hand and fractious times of strife and resistance on the other. The polarities between belonging and un-belonging, in-group and out-group, beliefs and prejudices around food have always been a source of strife around the world as food continues to remain in the centre of the patterns of identity assertion, turning the otherwise repetitive everyday practice of consumption for survival into the battleground for asserting personal ...

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