Feeding the City: Work and Food Culture of the Mumbai Dabbawalas

Feeding the City: Work and Food Culture of the Mumbai Dabbawalas

Sara Roncaglia


each day in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who hold boxes") distribute a excellent 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city's staff and scholars. Giving employment and standing to hundreds of thousands of principally illiterate villagers from Mumbai's hinterland, this co-operative has been in operation because the past due 19th century. It presents the most effective supply networks on the planet: just one lunch in six million is going off target. Feeding town is an ethnographic research of the attention-grabbing internal workings of Mumbai's dabbawalas. Cultural anthropologist Sara Roncaglia explains how they cater to many of the nutritional requisites of a various and more and more international urban, the place the coaching and intake of nutrients is pervaded with non secular and cultural importance. constructing the assumption of "gastrosemantics" - a language with which to debate the wider implications of cooking and consuming - Roncaglia's examine is helping us to reconsider our courting to foodstuff at a neighborhood and worldwide point.

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