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

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ISBN: 9782821854123 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Social Sciences
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Every day in Mumbai 6,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who carry boxes") distribute a staggering 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city's workers and students. Giving employment and status to thousands of largely illiterate villagers from Mumbai's hinterland, this co-operative has been in operation since the late nineteenth century. It provides one of the most efficient delivery networks in the world: only one lunch in six million goes astray. Feeding the City is an ethnographie study of the fascinating inner workings of Mumbai's dabbawalas. Urban anthropologist Sara Roncaglia explains how they cater to the various dietary requirements of a diverse and increasingly global city, where the preparation and consumption of food is pervaded with religious and cultural significance. Developing the idea of "gastrosemantics" - a language with which to discuss the broader implications of cooking and eating - Roncaglia's study helps us to rethink our relationship to food at a local and global level.

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

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ISBN: 9781909254022 Year: Pages: 232 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0031 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Nutrition and Food Sciences
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Every day in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who carry boxes") distribute a staggering 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city’s workers and students. Giving employment and status to thousands of largely illiterate villagers from Mumbai's hinterland, this co-operative has been in operation since the late nineteenth century. It provides one of the most efficient delivery networks in the world: only one lunch in six million goes astray. Feeding the City is an ethnographic study of the fascinating inner workings of Mumbai's dabbawalas. Cultural anthropologist Sara Roncaglia explains how they cater to the various dietary requirements of a diverse and increasingly global city, where the preparation and consumption of food is pervaded with religious and cultural significance. Developing the idea of "gastrosemantics" – a language with which to discuss the broader implications of cooking and eating – Roncaglia's study helps us to rethink our relationship to food at a local and global level. The publication of this book is financed by the generous support of interested readers and organisations, who made donations using the crowd-funding website unglue.it

Building Green

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ISBN: 9780520296008 9780520968721 Year: Pages: 222 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.42 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: Environmental Technology --- Anthropology
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Building Green explores the experience of environmental architects in Mumbai, one of the world’s most populous and population-dense urban areas and a city iconic for its massive informal settlements, extreme wealth asymmetries, and ecological stresses. Under these conditions, what does it mean to learn, and try to practice, so-called green design? By tracing the training and professional experiences of environmental architects in India’s first graduate degree program in Environmental Architecture, Rademacher shows how environmental architects forged sustainability concepts and practices and sought to make them meaningful through engaged architectural practice. The book’s focus on practitioners offers insights into the many roles that converge to produce this emergent, critically important form of urban expertise. At once activists, scientists, and designers, the environmental architects profiled in Building Green act as key agents of urban change whose efforts in practice are shaped by a complex urban development economy, layered political power relations, and a calculus of when, and how, their expert skills might be operationalized in service of a global urban future.

Les divisions de la ville

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ISBN: 9782735116652 DOI: 10.4000/books.editionsmsh.1233 Language: French
Publisher: Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme
Subject: Social Sciences
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Les villes sont divisées, partout et depuis longtemps, en fractions distinctes et contrastées. Mais c’est rarement de la même façon que les découpent et en nomment les parties ceux qui y vivent, ceux qui les administrent et ceux qui les étudient. Ces mots ne désignent pas des choses qui seraient déjà là : ils contribuent à la division même de l’espace et à sa qualification. C’est par eux que des locuteurs – qui sont aussi des acteurs sociaux - désignent des lieux, distinguent des territoires, les regroupent, les classent et les ordonnent. Les mots sont des formes d’objectivation de la diversité spatiale et sociale des villes, des moyens pour s’y mouvoir et en jouer, parfois des armes pour la changer. L’évidence que l’on accorde aujourd’hui à un plan de ville usuel qui distingue les arrondissements par des couleurs, ou à la carte du géographe qui divise le territoire urbain en fonction de la morphologie ou des activités de ses parties, doit être interrogée. Qui y souscrit, dans quelles situations et à la suite de quelles conventions historiquement établies ? Qui la récuse ou la néglige en pratiquant et énonçant au quotidien d’autres dénominations des lieux ou d’autres découpages de l’espace ? L’enquête sur les mots des divisions de la ville vise à recueillir les traces dans les lexiques et leurs usages de la variabilité historique, sociale et situationnelle des façons de partager l’espace urbain. Cet ouvrage repose donc sur un pari : en prenant les mots pour objet, l’on peut mieux comprendre les divisions des villes. On aperçoit, sous l’apparente simplicité des découpages spatiaux de l’administration moderne, les traces d’institutions anciennes, les mises au présent du passé, les revendications spatiales des groupes. Le lecteur est invité à un voyage dans l’espace, dans le temps et dans les langues, en parcourant une série de villes, de l’Occident à l’Orient, de l’Afrique aux Amériques, des mises en ordre entreprises au siècle des Lumières aux explosions urbaines les plus contemporaines.

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