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Longing for a taste of home.

Brown, L., Farbrother, C. and Dazam, J., 2019. Longing for a taste of home. British Food Journal, 121 (12), 3281-3292.

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DOI: 10.1108/BFJ-03-2019-0179

Abstract

Purpose This study offers an understanding of the role of food in the adjustment journey of Nigerian students in the UK. Methodology A qualitative approach was used, involving interviews with ten Nigerians studying in the UK. Findings Thematic analysis revealed that participants found the food they ate locally to be bland and fattening, and that they quickly adopted a home country diet, using ingredients bought locally or sent and brought from home to recreate Nigerian dishes. Eating Nigerian food had a positive emotional impact, and it was also a vehicle for social interaction. Limitations It is acknowledged that this is a small scale preliminary study that could be extended across the UK with a more quantitative approach to get a broader picture of the eating habits of Nigerian, students at British Universities. There is also an opportunity to widen it to include other African states who are neglected within the present literature. A more longitudinal study picking up migrants could also explore how adjustments have been made in their eating habits. Participants in this research equated fast food with local, English food due to their limited access to authentic local cuisine. Practical implications There are practical implications of this study whereby actions can be taken to help avoid the negative impacts experienced causing concerns in around mental wellbeing and poor health. Originality This study fills a gap in knowledge on how this important segment of the international student population adapts to a new food culture.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0007-070X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nigerian; international students; bland food; weight gain; Nigerian dishes
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:32759
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:16 Sep 2019 09:33
Last Modified:17 Dec 2019 15:49

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