Harbottle - Chapter 05
This section further examines Iranian women's domestic food-work.
It highlights the holistic approach taken to healthcare within Iranian
cosmologies and focuses on the interlinkages between diet and daily
health maintenance, in particular the importance of hot-cold beliefs.
It explores the relative influence of traditional beliefs and biomedical
precepts in women's roles as the guardians of health within their families
and illustrates the pervasiveness of biomedical models. Although
many women considered themselves to have abandoned traditional
thinking, the significance of balance within the diet remains very
strong. The enmeshing of physiological and cultural concerns was
further demonstrated in interviews by the use of nutrition and health
discourses in the construction and reinforcement of national,
regional, generational and educational identities.