My research is based in two street markets at Ridley Road and Broadway Market in Hackney; a socially diverse, multi-ethnic, inner city neighbourhood. Both markets are largely based on fresh foods for sale. Hackney is currently undergoing a huge amount of regeneration.
This research will analyse how residents interact during times of rapid social change; how movements of populations over time impact on what food is eaten, and on what could be considered a local food culture. In particular it will focus on how the process of buying and consuming food can either help to bond a community and create a sense of belonging within, or cause a split and a sense of alienation between these different groups (whether ethnic groups or economic groups). The markets embody the questions and contradictions about living in such a culturally and economically diverse area and demonstrate different understandings of what ‘local community’ might mean.
- Food Studies Centre, Department Anthropology and Sociology