Anthropology, Change, and Development

Food Parcels in International Migration

Intimate Connections

Editors: Mata-Codesal, Diana, Abranches, Maria (Eds.)

  • Offers fresh insight into how migrants maintain and construct transnational connections 
  • Covers a broad range of regional contexts, migration pathways, and diverse groups of migrants, including low-skilled labor migrations, refugee seekers, international students, and irregular migrants 
  • Contributes to a sensorial approach to the study of social change 
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About this book

This book takes food parcels as a vehicle for exploring relationships, intimacy, care, consumption, exchange, and other fundamental anthropological concerns, examining them in relation to wider transnational spaces. As the contributors to this volume argue, food and its related practices offer a window through which to examine the reconciliation of people’s localised intimate experiences with globalising forces. Their analyses contribute to an embodied and sensorial approach to social change by examining migrants and their families’ experiences of global connectedness through familiar objects and narratives. By bringing in in-depth ethnographic insights from different social and economic contexts, this book widens the understanding of the lived experiences of mobility and goes beyond the divide between origin and destination countries, therefore contributing to new ways of thinking about migration and transnationalism that take into consideration the materiality of global connections and the way such connections are embodied and experienced at the local level.

About the authors

Diana Mata-Codesal is Researcher in the Humanities Department at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. 
Maria Abranches is Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. 

Reviews

“This volume offers new perspective on the mobility of people and things in our world today, viewing such movements through the lens of a mundane yet ubiquitous phenomenon—the food parcel. Through rich ethnography, contributors not only reveal how “care packages” preserve connections with people and places but also how they are used in the creation of new senses of belonging. At the same time, they remind us how fraught and tenuous migration and settling into new places and social relations can be. A must read for anyone interested in mobilities, in food, and especially in the intersection of the two.” (Harry G. West, Professor of Anthropology, University of Exeter, UK)

“This brilliantly innovative book explores the food-migration nexus and its multiple expressions both theoretically and empirically. Present in most transnational migration corridors and spaces worldwide, 'travelling food' has a diversity of meanings ranging from material exchange and consumption to kinship reinforcement, care, belonging and nostalgia. The book contains original ethnographic case studies based on the grounded approach to the anthropology of everyday experience, and should be essential reading for students, researchers and teachers interested in the under-appreciated role of food in transnational life.” (Russell King, Professor of Geography, University of Sussex, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Sending, Bringing, Consuming and Researching Food Parcels

    Mata-Codesal, Diana (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • Food as a Matter of Being: Experiential Continuity in Transnational Lives

    Povrzanović Frykman, Maja

    Pages 25-46

  • Thank You for the Cured Meat, but Is It Grass-Fed? Contested Meanings of Food Parcels in a New Nutrition Transition

    Gonzalez, Raquel Ajates

    Pages 47-70

  • When Objects Speak Louder Than Words: Food, Intimacy and Power in the Contemporary Transnational Filipino Household

    Camposano, Clement C.

    Pages 73-93

  • A Hard Look at the Balikbayan Box: The Philippine Diaspora’s Exported Hospitality

    Hof, Karina

    Pages 95-116

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40373-1
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40372-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Food Parcels in International Migration
Book Subtitle
Intimate Connections
Editors
  • Diana Mata-Codesal
  • Maria Abranches
Series Title
Anthropology, Change, and Development
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40373-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40373-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40372-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 223
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 illustrations in colour
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