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Spicy Meatballs and Mango Sylt: Exploring translocal food practices in rural Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6289-2380
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1650-0099
2016 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What role does food play in the migration process? The theme of this paper is to discuss how everyday practices in food preparation could be used as a tool for integration. Food practices effect in-migrant’s everyday life in rural Sweden and support transnational connections. Using rural areas as an example, our interest is on how food related practices are experienced by people with non-Swedish backgrounds and how they combine the experiences from their current rural locality with the practices in their place of origin. Immigrant’s spatial involvements are analysed in order to see to what extent culinary practices can be a channel for integration. Rural areas are of particular interest as the ingredients used for migrant’s culinary ambitions are seldom available. The pursuit of ingredients is an indication of how vital well-known meals are to in-migrant’s well-being. Food plays a special role in the daily lives of migrant women, both socially and economically. They serve as a connection across time and space linking sending and receiving places together. The article presents some examples of integration projects in rural areas and for one significant rural immigrant group in Sweden, namely Thai women. The food-related practices are analysed through the lens of a translocal understanding. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 17 p.
Keyword [en]
food, migration, integration, translocal, women, Thai, Sweden
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Geography with Emphasis on Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134557OAI: diva2:1034153
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2007 - 2019
Available from: 2016-10-11 Created: 2016-10-11 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved
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