Food as a Matter of Being: Experiential Continuity in Transnational Lives

  • Maja Povrzanović Frykman
Part of the Anthropology, Change, and Development book series (ACD)


This chapter focuses on the materiality of food and food-related objects and practices, in order to illustrate how they help creating normalcy and continuity in conditions of transnational migration. Research-based examples of individual experiences concerning transportation and consumption of food across the borders show that methodological individualism allows for an approach to transnational migration that does not prioritise the analytical dyads of “old” and “new” homes as the only relevant routes inscribed by food parcels. Methodological individualism allows for treating transnational practices motivated by individual habits and preferences as equally important as the practices that may be typical for particular groups of migrants. It thereby clarifies the distinction between the ways of being and the ways of belonging in transnational social fields.


Food Practice Experiential continuity Transnational social fields Methodological individualism Being and belonging 


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  • Maja Povrzanović Frykman
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  1. 1.Department of Global Political StudiesMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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