‘provincialising’ vegetarianism putting Indian food habits in their place

Natrajan, Balmurli and Jacob, Suraj (2018) ‘provincialising’ vegetarianism putting Indian food habits in their place. Economic and Political Weekly, 53 (9). pp. 54-64. ISSN 2349-8846

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Large-scale survey data are used to question the most public claims about food habits in India. It is found that the extent of overall vegetarianism is much less—and the extent of overall beef-eating much more—than suggested by common claims and stereotypes. The generalised characterisations of “India” are deepened by showing the immense variation of food habits across scale, space, group, class, and gender. Additionally, it is argued that the existence of considerable intra-group variation in almost every social group (caste, religious) makes essentialised group identities based on food practices deeply problematic. Finally, in a social climate where claims about food practices rationalise violence, cultural–political pressures shape reported and actual food habits. Indian food habits do not fit into neatly identifiable boxes

Item Type: Article
Authors: Natrajan, Balmurli and Jacob, Suraj
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food Habits, Gender, Food practice.
Subjects: Social sciences > Economics > Macroeconomics & related topics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Full Text Status: Public
Related URLs:
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/372
Publisher URL: https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/9/special-articles...

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