Food for Health, Food for Wealth (The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, Vol 3): The Performance of Ethnic and Gender Identities by Iranian Settlers in Britain

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Overview

Food and eating practices are central to current sociological and anthropological concerns about the body, health, consumption, and identity. This study explores the importance of these themes as they intersect with processes of globalization and cultural production within a specific group of consumers, British Sh'ite Iranians. Through the analysis of the consumption practices of this particular migrant group, this book illustrates how both the nutritional value and symbolic significance of food contribute to its health-giving properties and how gender and ethnic identities are preformed and reinforced through the medium of food-work in public and private spheres. At the same time, as this study demonstrates, migration modifies and transfigures such identities and produces hybrid cultures and cuisines.

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Explores the significance of food provisioning and consumption in relation to the performance of cultural and gender identities among Iranians in Britain. Reviews key anthropological and other social science contributions to the study of foods and eating, then looks at the domestic food work of Iranian women, illustrating how their understandings of health interweave nutritional aspects of food preparation with attention to symbolic aspects of consumption and identity. Examines Iranian entrepreneurs in the fast food trade, childhood acculturation and food, and youth, food, and identities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Lynn Harbottle is a medical anthropologist and nutritionist, with a particular interest in the food habits and health of ethnic minorities in Britain. She was awarded the Frankenberg prize for her Masters dissertation on which this book is based.

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