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Nigel Farage’s ‘Independence Day statement’ post the Brexit vote rests on the assumption that there exists a unique ‘British’ culture that needs guarding from immigrant populations. To shatter that myth we only need look at what Britain eats…  

 

Vidya Venkat

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Nigel Farage has consistently attacked immigrants as a threat to British culture

 

If people are what they eat, then there could be nothing uniquely ‘British’ about the Brits. When the news of the Brexit vote starting coming in on Friday, June 24, my mind instantly went back to an ethnographic study of the popular UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, which I had done five years ago as a student of anthropology in London, in which I had set out to decode the Malinowskian “imponderabilia of everyday life” of the average British citizen. Bronislaw Malinowski, the father figure of British social anthropology, had famously used immersion in the everyday life activities of the Trobriand Islanders in Papua New Guinea to understand their culture. I too had followed on his foot steps, only I chose to study the Brits instead, and what better way to explore their culture than study their food habits?

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