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Food and Power By Kanchan Mukhopadhyay

Food and Power by Kanchan Mukhopadhyay

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This book aims to understand how ethos of the powerful have influenced foodways of weaker ethnic, religious and occupational groups, it raises questions pertaining to politicization of tradition with respect to the intersection of religion, economy and food.

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Food and Power: Expressions of Food-Politics in South Asia by Kanchan Mukhopadhyay

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

About Kanchan Mukhopadhyay

Kanchan Mukhopadhyay is Tagore National Fellow, Anthropological Survey of India. He has obtained his master's degree in anthropology from University of Calcutta and doctoral degree from Vidyasagar University. He has worked for Anthropological Survey of India for most part of his career largely in eastern and north-eastern parts of India and in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. One major area of his research interest has remained construction and maintenance of identity among migrants and refugees; he has worked among such groups in West Bengal and Andaman Islands. He took part in the national ethnographic survey called People of India, especially in North-East India, which helped him to gain some insight into the multifaceted ethnic situation prevalent there. He has also taken interest in the study of relationship between small communities and nation-state and has written on paradigms of development and programmes for welfare of Scheduled Tribe communities. His other major work was study of impact of technological developments such as introduction of irrigation facilities, high-yielding varieties of seeds and chemical fertilisers on small-scale cultivators. He has also worked on methodological and ethical issues in social science research. Another area he has worked in is visual anthropology; he has supervised the 'Visual Anthropology Unit' of Anthropological Survey of India for many years and has made several films on various subjects like modes of cultural transmission, traditional knowledge system among artisanal fishermen and people's initiative for conservation of culture. A film on the last topic 'Trystwith Times' was screened at Kolkata International Film Festival in 2017. His interest in ideas and practices related to food developed since early 1990s when he studied processes of food production, distribution and consumption among certain socially and economically weak communities. He has probed into dimensions of power relations as expressed through food behaviour, collective memory of availability or scarcity of food, and food as symbol of social status. As a Tagore National Fellow, he is researching on changing food practices in rural India. He is passionate about food and travel and loves to indulge in adventures while eating and travelling.

Table of Contents

Introduction Changing Economy and Culture of Food in Spiti - Sumit Mukherjee Tracing the Beef Politics of North India - Ziya Us Salam Dravidian Food Culture: Discourse on Identity and Diffusion - Sreenathan M Food for Musicians: Gastric Ideas and Practices among North Indian Artistic Communities - Svetlana Ryzhakova Transaction of Food, Beverage and Ranking of Space - Nabakumar Duary Man, Medicine and Foods in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh - Ala Uddin The Role of Panthibhojanam in the Navodhana Movement of Kerala - B. Francis Kulirani Feeding the Jarawas - Vishvajit Pandya and Madhumita Mazumdar Asserting 'Freedom': Building Resistance in Student Communities through Consumption Strategies - Urmimala Sarkar Munsi Food Culture and Power Relations in Nepali Society: A Case from Chepang Community - Om Gurung and Uddhav Rai Sustenance in the Margin: Food Ethnography of Kolkata Brothels - Chhanda Mukhopadhyay Hearth to Heaven: Ritualization of Food - Shibani Roy Materiality of Boro Food Culture: Social and Cultural Meanings - Dharitri Narzary Food, Tradition and Politics among the Santals - Kanchan Mukhopadhyay Food Tradition of Chandal Community - Saradindu Biswas Place, Space, Identity and Transforming Cuisine among the Karen of the Andamans - Shiba Desor, Manish Chandi and Saw John Aung Thong Small Community and Large Industries: Food and Other Resources of Dandami Maria of Bastar - Amitabha Sarkar The Idea of Food: A Discourse Encompassing Two Religious Faiths - Ratna Dhar Gender Politics and Food Practices in Urban West Bengal - Moumita Dey Index

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Food and Power: Expressions of Food-Politics in South Asia by Kanchan Mukhopadhyay
SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
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