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Harbottle - Chapter 07

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Buy and Download Description In this chapter the focus shifts from the private to the public sphere, from female-defined activities to the predominantly male realm of Iranian settlers' commercially oriented food-work and from an analysis of food as sustenance to that of economic commodity. The number of ethnic minority employees engaged within the British catering trade has been observed to be disproportionately high. Commonly, such individuals have language difficulties and few formal qualifications, thus restricting their opportunities within the labour market. However, in the case of Iranian men, many of whom are highly educated, their participation in this relatively unskilled sphere of work requires further explanation. In this chapter the complex combination of socioeconomic and political forces influencing their occupational choices and the resultant emergence of an ethnic enclave economy are considered. In this respect, the Islamic revolution has been of paramount significance as an ongoing transformatory force in the lives of these settlers. A recurring and dominant theme in these accounts is of a perceived spoiling of national identity since the Islamic revolution, and it becomes evident that in their work with specific types of non-Iranian food, these migrants seek to disguise and to protect their ethnicity. In this chapter the focus shifts from the private to the public sphere, from female-defined activities to the predominantly male realm of Iranian settlers' commercially oriented food-work and from an analysis of food as sustenance to that of
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