Taste and displacement


Anthropologists have engaged deeply with questions of food on the move, from the nutritional mechanics of how diets change to the social and cultural dimensions of identity, belonging, and loss that unfold through human migration. Studies of food and taste among displaced populations typically focus on the dual loss of meaning and place, but this chapter draws on ethnographic research in a Liberian refugee settlement to show how taste and place - as nature, landscape, and socio-political boundary - matter in constituting refugee identities, experiences, and aspirational futures. While people and foods on the move become targets of discrimination and dehumanization, taste also emerges as a central way of engaging, shaping, and navigating displacement.

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Handbook of Culture and Migration

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