How does food restore the fragmented world of migrants and the displaced? What similar processes are involved in challenging, maintaining or reinforcing divisions between groups coexisting in the same living place? Food Identities at Home and on the Move examines how ‘home’ is negotiated around food in the current worldwide context of uncertainty, mobility and displacement. Drawing on empirical approaches to heritage, identity and migration studies, the contributors analyse the relationship between food and the various understandings of home and dwelling. With case studies on sushi around the world, food as heritage in the Afghan diaspora and Mexican foodways in Chicago, these chapters offer novel readings on the convergence of food and migration studies, the anthropology of space and place and the field of mobility by focusing on how entangled stories of food and home are put on display for constructing the present and imagining the future.
This book expands our understanding of the correlation of home, mobility and food. It explores the way in which migrants adapt their national food types to overseas tastes and conditions, and the place home and food play in the dietary habits of the other and the dispossessed. Taking readers on a global journey it is a book which informs and entertains on a number of levels.
Anne J Kershen, Queen Mary University of London, UK
This book is an important contribution to the field of food studies, highlighting the significance of making ‘home’ in the contemporary global foodscape.
Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico