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

By Sara Roncaglia

Each day in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who hold boxes") distribute a dazzling 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city's staff and scholars. Giving employment and standing to hundreds of thousands of mostly illiterate villagers from Mumbai's hinterland, this co-operative has been in operation because the overdue 19th century. It offers essentially the most effective supply networks on the earth: just one lunch in six million is going off course. Feeding town is an ethnographic research of the interesting internal workings of Mumbai's dabbawalas. Cultural anthropologist Sara Roncaglia explains how they cater to a number of the nutritional necessities of a various and more and more worldwide urban, the place the training and intake of nutrition is pervaded with spiritual and cultural value. constructing the assumption of "gastrosemantics" - a language with which to debate the wider implications of cooking and consuming - Roncaglia's research is helping us to reconsider our courting to foodstuff at a neighborhood and international point.

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23   Mysore Narasimhachar Srinivas and M. N. Panini, “Casta”, in Enciclopedia delle scienze sociali, ed. by way of G. Bedecchi, vol. 1 (Rome: Treccani, 1991). 24   Ronald Inden, Imagining India (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992). 25   For an summary of Mumbai’s political and social scenario i like to recommend the meticulous historic reconstruction in Jim Masselos, town in motion: Bombay Struggles for strength (New Delhi: Oxford college Press, 2007). 26   I am conscious that this angle relies on assets chosen by means of those related Orientalists, attaching a stereotypical interpreting of Indian society and tradition, and is for this reason at risk of incur an identical generalisations and inaccuracies. for that reason the trouble to take advantage of their reconstructions with due warning, and to keep in mind the clinical debate that arose round these matters. 27   The notice jat, which stocks the foundation of the Latin phrases gens and genus, exhibits an idea equivalent to the English note “kind” and indicates more than a few meanings just like these expressed via the phrases family members, ancestry, lineage, kinship, rank and race. 28   This simplified rationalization of the constituent components of the caste method attracts widely from Stefano Piano, “Lo hinduismo II. los angeles prassi religiosa”, in Hinduismo, ed. by means of Giovanni Filoramo (Rome: Laterza, 2002), pp. 171-246. 29   Max Weber, “Economic Ethics of the realm Religions: New views. half . The Sociology of Hinduism and Buddhism”, within the Sociology of faith, rev. ed. (London: Methuen, 1965). 30   Adrian C. Mayer, Caste and Kinship in significant India (Berkeley: collage of California Press, 1960). 31   See Dumont (1966). 32   See Gupta (1991); see additionally Khare (2006). 33   Piano (2002), p. 172. 34   D. Mamo, “Casta”, in Nuovo dizionario di sociologia, ed. via Franco Demarchi, Aldo Ellena, Bernardo Cattarinussi (Milan: San Paolo, 1987), pp. 336–40. 35   Rajnarayan Chandavarkar, The Origins of commercial Capitalism in India: enterprise ideas and the operating sessions in Bombay, 1900–1940 (Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press, 1994), p. 219. 36   Kingsley Davis, The inhabitants of India and Pakistan (Princeton: Princeton college, 1951), p. 176. 37   Morris D. Morris, “The Emergence of an business Labour strength in India”, in Social Stratification, ed. through Dipankar Gupta (New Delhi: Oxford collage Press, 1991), pp. 231–47 (p. 240). 38   For extra details, see additionally David West Rudner, Caste and Capitalism in Colonial India: The Nattukottai Chettiars (Berkeley: college of California Press, 1994). 39   Morris (1991), p. 240. 40   Chandavarkar (1994), p. 220. 41   Morris (1991), p. 245. 42   Ibid. 43   See Chandavarkar (1994). 44    Dada actually skill “grandfather” in Hindi yet is utilized in a colloquial demeanour to point the older siblings or figures from a felony culture. “Dada tradition” has an extended culture in Bombay’s business historical past as a well-liked version of authority and tool. Dadas frequently come from humble backgrounds and because of strategic relationships can develop into leaders of institutions and bands, and middlemen for locating paintings.

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