Food For Health, Food For Wealth

Food For Health, Food For Wealth

by Lynn Harbottle
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Berghahn Books, Incorporated


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Food For Health, Food For Wealth

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571816344
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Series: Anthropology of Food and Nutrition Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Food and Consumption

Chapter 3. Food, the Body and Taste

Chapter 4. Nutritious and Delicious: Iranian Women and their Domestic Food-work

Chapter 5. Food and Health: Traditional and Modern Influences

Chapter 6. Incorporation, Identity and Health

Chapter 7. Food for Wealth: Iranian Entrepreneurs in the Fast-Food Trade

Chapter 8. The Restaurant Trade and the Invisibility of Iranian Cuisine

Chapter 9. Performing Gender: Men, women and Food

Chapter 10. Women, Food and Power

Chapter 11. Childhood, Acculturation and Food

Chapter 12. Pick N' Mix Cultures: Youth, Food and Identities

Chapter 13. Conclusion

Appendix: Brief Methodological Details



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