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Eating in the city

Socio-anthropological perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Asia

by Audrey Soula (editorial coordination), Chelsie Yount-André (editorial coordination), Olivier Lepiller (editorial coordination), Nicolas Bricas (editorial coordination), Jean-Pierre Hassoun (preface), David Manley (translation)
january 2021
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This book explores changes in eating habits in African, Latin American and Asian cities. It reveals—through studies on city dwellers’ food practices and representations—the inadequacy of an analytical approach to these changes in terms of Westernization, standardization, transition or convergence towards a widely applicable model. Surveys conducted in cities of the Global South revealed that city dwellers are inventing new forms of eating based on a multitude of local and/or exogenous sources. Abidjan garba and Ouagadougou bâbenda are novel dishes that exemplify this urban food invention trend.

The authors of the chapters are humanities and social science specialists from Africa, Latin America and Asia who conduct research in these regions. They invite readers to take a closer look at urban food in the Global South—the picture that emerges is far removed from preconceived ideas regarding

poverty, health and the individual responsibility of food eaters. This book should be of interest to a scientific audience of teachers and food systems professionals, as well as any readers interested in urban social and cultural dynamics and the development of sociological and anthropological theories from the Global South.


The French version of this book, Manger en ville, is available on our website.

La version française de ce titre, Manger en ville, est disponible sur notre site.

Table of contents



Introduction – viewing food through the lens of urban eaters

Audrey Soula, Chelsie Yount-André, Olivier Lepiller, Nicolas Bricas

Part 1. Urban foodways at the cusp of normative injunctions

Chapter 1. Feeding children – a focus of tension in the Algerian city of Oran

Mohamed Mebtoul, Hamdia Belghachem, Ouassila Salemi, Malika Bouchenak, Karim Bouziane Nedjadi, Nabil Chaoui, Imad Boureghda

Chapter 2. Getting out of the kitchen! Reshaping gender relations and food practices in Casablanca

Hayat Zirari

Chapter 3. Can I trust this food? Trust and distrust in eating among middle-class youth in urban India

Shagufa Kapadia

Chapter 4. Eating out in Mexico City and Guadalajara – some conflict between health and heritage dimensions in Mexico

Liliana Martínez-Lomelí

Part 2. When food practices dovetail with urban landscapes

Chapter 5. Urban cuisine in Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo)

Yolande Berton-Ofouémé

Chapter 6. Warung makan – public kitchens at the epicentre of informality in Jakarta

Laura Arciniegas

Chapter 7. “Home and away” – narratives of food and identity in the context of urbanization in Malaysia

Anindita Dasgupta, Sivapalan Selvadurai, Logendra S. Ponniah

Chapter 8. Sweet commercial drink adoption by urban Chinese middle-class people – between social control and new beverage consumption contexts

Jingjing Ma

Part 3. When the city invents its cuisine

Chapter 9. Bâbenda – a modernized traditional dish. Urban trajectory of a Burkinabe culinary specialty

Raphaëlle Héron

Chapter 10. Attiéké-garba – good to eat and think about. Social distinction and challenging hygiene standards in the Ivorian urban context

N’da Amenan Gisèle Sédia, Amoin Georgette Konan, Francis Akindès

Chapter 11. ‘Food from the pot’. Child nutrition and socialization in two Cameroonian cities

Estelle Kouokam Magne

Chapter 12. Modern culinary traditions for precarious times. Food insecurity and everyday practices among poor households in Mexico City

Ayari G. Pasquier Merino

Conclusion – what insight emerges to enhance research on transformations in urban food and eating habits?

Audrey Soula, Chelsie Yount-André, Olivier Lepiller, Nicolas Bricas

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Language(s): English

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Update Sciences & technologies

Published: 13 january 2021

Reference Book: 02774

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02774NUM

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02774EPB

EAN13 Book: 9782759232819

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759232826

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759232833

Interior: Black & white

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Pages count Book: 158

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 158

Weight (in grammes): 290

Size: 2.52 MB (PDF), 1.06 MB (ePub)


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