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

Materiality of Boro Food Culture: Social and Cultural Meanings
Materiality of boro food culture: Social and cultural meanings
Dharitri Narzary

Hokhangafa, Khobaifa!

These two words are cultural expressions related to food and lifestyle of Boro people. Hokhangafa is an act of fishing in shallow water using a bamboo-made jekhai(fish-catching tool) and khobaifa (a basket full [of fish]). There are plenty of such expressions that the Boro people use in their everyday life, including folk songs around activities related to food, that inform us about their culture and worldview!

Seeing culture as the interface between tradition and innovation (Montanari 2004), this chapter provides an insider's perspective and looks at food culture of the Boro people as the marker of social category, ascribed identity and cultural ...

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