Food, Identity and Symbolic Metaphors in the Bengali-Canadian Community Tasin Zaman

ISBN: 9783838390635

Published: August 12th 2010

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104 pages


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Food, Identity and Symbolic Metaphors in the Bengali-Canadian Community  by  Tasin Zaman

Food, Identity and Symbolic Metaphors in the Bengali-Canadian Community by Tasin Zaman
August 12th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 104 pages | ISBN: 9783838390635 | 4.22 Mb

The purpose of this research is to convey the intricate connections between food and identity in the lives of Bangladeshi-Canadian women between 19-25 who call Canada their home, using participant observations and semi-structured interviewing. FoodMoreThe purpose of this research is to convey the intricate connections between food and identity in the lives of Bangladeshi-Canadian women between 19-25 who call Canada their home, using participant observations and semi-structured interviewing.

Food is a marker of ethnic identity in a globalized, migrant community- cultural and social issues governing the consumption of food products serve as a marker of regional, national and gender identity. In the Bengali diaspora, food is a symbol of tradition and a link to ethnic identity as younger generations of South Asian-Canadian women maintain, conserve or oppose traditional values, while engaging in identity construction.

The research asks if rituals surrounding food practices still retain a traditional meaning and fulfil the same expectations or if the experiences of acculturation and immersion into mainstream Canadian society transformed the conceptions of food, gender and ethnicity construction amongst contemporary Bengali South-Asian Canadians. In the end, food and gender provide a lens through which identity construction in the diaspora is revealed.



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