• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
Transactions in Taste: The Collaborative Lives of Everyday Bengali Food (Paperback)
  • Transactions in Taste: The Collaborative Lives of Everyday Bengali Food (Paperback)
zoom

Transactions in Taste: The Collaborative Lives of Everyday Bengali Food (Paperback)

(author)
£25.99
Paperback 222 Pages / Published: 04/07/2013
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

In a radical departure from previous ethnographies of food, this book asks how and why food is pivotal to social relations and forms of identity that emerge as normal and not-normal. It does so by describing the production, consumption, distribution, and disposal of 'normal Bengali food' in middle-class households that employ cooks from poor classes, and in Bengali restaurants, in contemporary Calcutta (India) and Dhaka (Bangladesh). In a rare comparative foray into Bengali Hindu and Muslim food-ways on both sides of the border, the book includes addas ('idle-talk') and interviews with both men and women. It initiates a dialogue that links issues of agency, place, hospitality, and ownership with a new field that places food as an 'artefact' at the centre of its inquiry. It invites the reader throughout to approach food afresh, as the key that unlocks the complexities of what is mundane yet profound - the everyday. The book thus analyses the constant and fraught negotiations that feed into definitions of normality, class and identity in the deeply intimate yet intensely public domain of food. Food transactions here provide a window into shifting configurations of trust, power, and conflict integral to social relationships, shaped by events such as the 1943-44 Bengal famine, the 1947 partition of India, and the 1971 Bangladesh War.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415726313
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 158 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 12 mm

You may also be interested in...

Irish
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Headscarves and Hymens
Added to basket
The Spirit Level
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Bad Feminist
Added to basket
£13.99   £10.49
Paperback
The Shock Doctrine
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Road to Wigan Pier
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Girl A
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Lucifer Effect
Added to basket
Down and Out in Paris and London
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Feminine Mystique
Added to basket
No Logo
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Why Look at Animals?
Added to basket
Everyday Sexism
Added to basket
£10.00   £7.99
Paperback
A Room of One's Own
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.