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Food for Health, Food for Wealth

Ethnic and Gender Identities in British Iranian Communities

Lynn Harbottle

196 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-740-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (September 2000)

ISBN  978-1-57181-634-4 $27.95/£19.00 Pb Published (July 2004)

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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.

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.

Series: Volume 3, Anthropology of Food & Nutrition
Subject: Food & Nutrition General Anthropology
Area:

LC: DA125.I68 H37 2000

BL: YC.2000.a.13153

BISAC: SOC055000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Agriculture & Food; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: JFCV Food & society; JHM Anthropology




Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements

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

Bibliography
Index

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