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An Exploration of Food Security and Identity Among International Students Studying in Guelph and Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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Title: An Exploration of Food Security and Identity Among International Students Studying in Guelph and Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Author: Stewin, Erika
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Public Issues Anthropology
Advisor: Finnis, Elizabeth
Abstract: In this thesis I explore issues of food security and food-identity relationships among international students at the University of Guelph and the University of Windsor. I argue students who attempt to maintain traditional diets are more likely to experience food insecurity than students who explore diverse foods because they are more likely to be negatively affected by food availability, food access and structural barriers. What students eat can also have implications for identity maintenance and identity creation. Thus in this thesis I also explore the relationship between food and identity by considering how identity and food-security can be closely related to preferred food availability and accessibility. I argue that students consume certain foods as a means to maintain and create identities, and as such I suggest that familiar food eaters may experience a sense of losing their identities as their food insecurity increases.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/6640
Date: 2013-05


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