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Ethnic identity, (post)colonialism and foodways: Ghanaians in London

Berg Publishers
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  • Hm Sociology
  • Anthropology


This paper presents findings from a study examining the relationship between migration, foodways, ethnic identities and gender among Ghanaians in London. Exposed to British institutions and customs already in Ghana, the identities and foodways of Ghanaians have been formed through the (post)colonial experience. This study was grounded in qualitative and theoretical research on meals. The micro-level analysis of current and past food habits within households was set in a wider context by exploring the development of food culture in the community as a whole. Ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in Ghanaian households, functions, restaurants and food stores. The impact of (post)colonialism on the foodways and identities of Ghanaians in London has been multifaceted. The preference for the traditional Sunday roast and for turkey and trimmings at Christmas, and the delay in the establishment of Ghanaian food-related businesses, are just a few signs of Ghanaians' hybrid identities.

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