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Food security and cultural identity of migrants in the rural health context

Food security and cultural identity of migrants in the rural health context

The popular cliché "we are what we eat" is about the relationship between the food people eat and their consequent health conditions. This relationship underlies many health issues and problems associated with food security. Interestingly, current literature suggests that there is an intricate link between food security and cultural identity as individuals’ eating habits and their choice of foods are greatly influenced by their cultures. Thus food security is not only socially determined but also culturally constructed, which is strongly manifested in the context of migrants in Australia. This could explain why some migrants tend to live in areas where their culturally orientated foods are available. 

The proposed research project examines the concept of ‘cultural identity’ and its influences on migrants’ food security and associated health issues, particularly for those living in rural areas. Methodologically, statistical analysis (using PASW), content analysis (using NVivo), and systematic review are needed for this research project.

 

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Web site:  http://www.utas.edu.au/ruralhealth

Dr Quynh Lê
Graduate Research Coordinator
University Department of Rural Health
University of Tasmania
Locked Bag 1372
Launceston, 7250
Email: Quynh.Le@utas.edu.au

Phone: +61 (0)3 6324 4053