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Recipes and Songs

An Analysis of Cultural Practices from South Asia


  • Links food preparation and song to how identity is generated through repetitive cultural practices

  • Demonstrates the fruitfulness of an interdisciplinary approach to engaging with discourses of South Asian identity

  • Explores the unique realities of life for South Asian women living in Northern England


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology book series (PSLA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Razia Parveen
    Pages 1-16
  3. Razia Parveen
    Pages 17-56
  4. Razia Parveen
    Pages 57-87
  5. Razia Parveen
    Pages 155-162
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-231

About this book


This book presents a systematic approach to the literary analysis of cultural practices. Based on a postcolonial framework of diaspora, the book utilizes literary theory to investigate cultural phenomena such as food preparation and song. Razia Parveen explores various diverse themes, including the female voice, genealogy, space, time, and diaspora, and applies them to the analysis of community identity. This volume also demonstrates how a literary analysis of oral texts helps to provide insight into women’s lived narratives. For example, Parveen discusses how the notion of the ‘third space’ creates a distinctly feminine spatiality. 


Northern England Food studies Culture identity Punjab Kashmnir Gender Studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Razia Parveen is an independent researcher affiliated with the University of Huddersfield, UK. Her interests include creative writing, diaspora studies, migration studies, and continental philosophy. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Recipes and Songs
  • Book Subtitle An Analysis of Cultural Practices from South Asia
  • Authors Razia Parveen
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-50245-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84355-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-50246-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 231
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Anthropology
    Sociology of Culture
    British Culture
    Asian Culture
    Gender Studies
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