The role of food in the Polish migrant adjustment journey.

Brown, L. and Paszkiewicz, I., 2017. The role of food in the Polish migrant adjustment journey. Appetite, 109 (February), pp. 57-65.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.11.024

Abstract

In 2015, there were 916,000 Poles living in the UK, making them the largest group of non-UK nationals at 16.5 percent of the population. Though increasingly research has focused on the consequences of this migration for both migrants themselves and the receiving country, little research has looked at food habits. This paper will explore the role of food in the Polish migrant adjustment journey. A qualitative approach was adopted, involving semi-structured interviews with nine Polish migrants. In this study, Polish migrants described the move to a new culture as a time of stress and loneliness. Due to a lack of money, they were forced to eat local food, which exacerbated their unease, as they found it to be tasteless and unhealthy. As soon as their financial situation improved, they reverted to a Polish diet, relying on ingredients brought from home, from London, or more recently, purchased from local Polish shops. This gave them comfort, and all participants acknowledged the vital role of food in their adjustment to life in a new culture.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0195-6663
Uncontrolled Keywords:Polish migrants; UK; food; adjustment
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:25025
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Nov 2016 12:28
Last Modified:30 Nov 2016 12:28

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