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

Sustenance in the Margin: Food Ethnography of Kolkata Brothels

Sustenance in the Margin: Food Ethnography of Kolkata Brothels

Sustenance in the margin: Food ethnography of kolkata brothels
Chhanda Mukhopadhyay


Sex workers belong to a marginal section of almost all contemporary societies. Heterogeneous societies are often built on principles of inequality and distinction between core and margin. There can broadly be two types of marginalized groups in a society; those who have not been fully integrated or assimilated in ‘core’ society in spite of their own efforts or efforts by others, and those who have been pushed away or have been stopped from participating in the ‘core’ culture and its institutions (Roy 1992, 104). It has been argued that marginalization can be manifested in multiple forms, some of which cannot be readily ...

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