How does food restore the fragmented world of migrants and the displaced? What similar processes are involved in challenging, maintaining or reinforcing divisions between groups coexisting in the same living place? Food Identities at Home and on the Move examines how ‘home’ is negotiated around food in the current worldwide context of uncertainty, mobility and displacement. Drawing on empirical approaches to heritage, identity and migration studies, the contributors analyse the relationship between food and the various understandings of home and dwelling. With case studies on sushi around the world, food as heritage in the Afghan diaspora and Mexican foodways in Chicago, these chapters offer novel readings on the convergence of food and migration studies, the anthropology of space and place and the field of mobility by focusing on how entangled stories of food and home are put on display for constructing the present and imagining the future.

chapter |15 pages


Food and the fabric of home

part One|59 pages

Food identities in motion

chapter 1|15 pages

Sushi leaves home

Japanese food and identity abroad

chapter 2|15 pages

Reimagined community in London

The transmission of food as heritage in the Afghan diaspora

chapter 3|13 pages

Between food practices and belongings

Intersectional stories of Moroccan women in Italy

part Two|55 pages

Public foodscapes

chapter 5|15 pages

Food and refugees in Rome

Humanitarian practices or agency response?

chapter 6|14 pages

Food walks and street doctors

Health and culinary nostalgia in a south Indian city

chapter 7|12 pages

‘It’s the comedor that dwells in me!’

Food aid and construction of urban citizenship in San Luis Potosí, Mexico

chapter 8|12 pages

Food outlets in migrant districts

Regional Mexican food in Chicago

part Three|55 pages

Food narratives of subsistence

chapter 9|12 pages

Nostalgia and landscapes of the present

Memories of first fruit rituals in Turkey

chapter 10|13 pages

Poison, bad hearts and vampires

The fear of contamination and the regulation of social relationships in a Rio de Janeiro favela

chapter 11|14 pages

Stories on the food-begging Roma

Boundary making in the Finnish peasant homes

chapter 12|14 pages

Japanese women on the move

Working in and (not) belonging to Düsseldorf’s Japanese (food) community