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Title: Food environments in Islamabad, Pakistan
Author: Hasnain, Saher
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 8977
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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This dissertation examines how concerns about food system transformations affect how middle class consumers in Islamabad, Pakistan, perceive and approach food consumption in their everyday lives. The dissertation is situated in the context of risky food environments and food fears resulting from intensified, industrialised, and increasingly lengthened global food systems. Working within food geography and food environments paradigms, this dissertation explores how the transformation of food systems is associated with increasing anxiety about food security and safety for middle class urban consumers in Islamabad. Qualitative data gathered from semi-structured interviews and participant observation is used to illustrate the effects external influences, such as energy scarcity and violent events, have on everyday food environments. The dissertation examines the ways in which conceptualisations of 'good food', and trust relationships are negotiated in these dynamic food environments. The intensely geographical nature of these food environments and food systems, and the role of place-specific contexts on perceptions and adaptations related to food anxieties are emphasised. Situated in literatures on food anxiety and food consumption emerging from geography, food studies, and anthropology, this dissertation challenges dominant discourses on alternative and ethical consumption in a globalising food system. The results of this research not only contribute to literature on South Asia, but also contribute to consumption practices of a burgeoning middle class in developing countries.
Supervisor: McConnell, Fiona ; Lora-Wainwright, Anna Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Food Studies ; Human Geography ; Commodity Geography ; Geography ; Environmental Studies ; Pakistan Studies ; food systems ; urban design ; food consumption ; middle class ; food environment ; local food ; alternative food networks ; Pakistan ; fuel scarcity ; commodity geography ; organic food ; sustainability ; rhythm