The sensuous secrets of shelter: how recollections of food stimulate Irish men's reconstructions of their early formative residential experiences in Leicester, Sheffield and Manchester

MAYE-BANBURY, Angela and CASEY, Rionach (2016). The sensuous secrets of shelter: how recollections of food stimulate Irish men's reconstructions of their early formative residential experiences in Leicester, Sheffield and Manchester. Irish Journal of Sociology, 24 (3), 272-292.

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the intersection between food, recollection and Irish migrants’ reconstructions of their housing pathways in the three English cities of Leicester (East Midlands), Sheffield (South Yorkshire) and Manchester (North). Previous studies have acknowledged more implicitly the role of memory in representing the Irish migrant experience in England. Here, we adopt a different stance. We explore the mnemonic power of food to encode, decode and recode Irish men’s reconstructions of their housing pathways in England when constructing and negotiating otherness. In doing so, we apply a ‘Proustian anthropological’ approach in framing the men’s representations of their formative residential experiences in the boarding houses of the three English cities during the 1950s and 1960s are examined. The extent to which food provided in the boarding houses was used as an instrument of discipline and control is examined. The relevance of food related acts of resistance, food insecurity and acts of hedonic meat-centric eating in constructing the men’s sociocultural identity are also explored.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Built Environment Division Research Group
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0791603516659503
    Page Range: 272-292
    Depositing User: Sarah Ward
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 16:27
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 21:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12703

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