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Food Connections: Production, Exchange and Consumption in West African Migration

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Volume 10

Anthropology of Food & Nutrition

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Food Connections

Production, Exchange and Consumption in West African Migration

Maria Abranches

202 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-372-5 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (May 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-373-2 eBook

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“This ethnographically and theoretically rich volume provides an understanding of how people and their food transform their space. Recommended.” • Choice

“Apart from providing rich ethnographic data on the lives of Guinean migrants, the strength of this book lies in Abranches’ ability to highlight connections between her interlocutors and the larger field of West African scholarship… The insights that Abranches has developed in her fieldwork are not only relevant to those interested in West African migration, but also in the larger transnational process of migration and the role that homeland food plays in this process.” • Anthropology Book Forum

“This is an original, clearly-written, theoretically-informed ethnography of foodways in Guinea-Bissau and migrant communities in Portugal… Taken as a whole, it makes an equally important contribution to the literature on transnational migration and food studies.” • David E. Sutton, Southern Illinois University


Food Connections follows the movement of food from its production sites in West Africa to its final spaces of consumption in Europe. It is an ethnographic study of economic and social life amongst a close-knit community of food producers, traders and consumers and a wide range of small intermediaries that operate in Guinea-Bissau and Portugal. By investigating the way meanings of food and land are embedded in everyday experiences and relationships in the various phases of the movement, on both sides of the migration, it reveals the connections that transnational processes of food production, exchange and consumption generate between two lifeworlds.

Maria Abranches is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. She has previously worked as a migration researcher and consultant in Portugal, and at the University of Sussex. She is the co-editor of the book Food Parcels in International Migration: Intimate Connections (2018, Palgrave Macmillan).

Subject: Food & NutritionAnthropology (General)Refugee and Migration Studies
Area: Africa


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