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Local Diets, Global Foods

Title: Local Diets, Global Foods: The Dietary Habits of Ivorian Immigrants in the United States.
Name(s): Rojas, Alfredo, Jr., author
Department of Religion
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Food production in Muslim West Africa ensures more than mere nourishment. Food plays an integral role in hospitality and moral relationships between people. Not only do people exchange food for other gifts with each other, but husbands and wives assume mutual tasks to produce food for their families. Women cook meals, tend gardens, and run urban markets while men hunt game or harvest crops. Thus, men and women rely on each other for food. My research aims to show how these gendered, moral relationships persist abroad. My fieldwork among West African immigrants in Atlanta, GA reveals that immigrants use mass-produced African foods to sustain their diets and moral relationships in order to avoid foods produced in the United States. In the United States, immigrant women usually cook for themselves, their husbands, and friends. Men with no strong moral ties to an African woman may have to resort to fast food unless they can cook. My research attempts to explain these relationships.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0333 (IID)
Keywords: West Africa, Food Production, Ethics
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Religion in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 2, 2014.
Subject(s): Civilization -- History
Religious ethics
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Rojas, A. (2014). Local Diets, Global Foods: The Dietary Habits of Ivorian Immigrants in the United States. Retrieved from