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Space - Food - Society : Changing Food Consumption Practices of the Emerging Urban Middle Class in Meqele, Ethiopia

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Degenhart, Barbara:
Space - Food - Society : Changing Food Consumption Practices of the Emerging Urban Middle Class in Meqele, Ethiopia.
Bayreuth , 2019
( Doctoral thesis, 2019, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth International Graduate School for African Studies (BIGSAS), Lehrstuhl Geographische Entwicklungsforschung)

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The global image of a poor and underfed population suffering from hunger and malnutrition has long defined the Ethiopian society. Ethiopia is currently listed among the food insecure countries of the world, and faced one further severe situation of drought and famine in 2016. However, this depicts only one part of the country’s society. Despite persisting poverty and food insecurity, national economic and political performance, social stability, and socio-economic conditions have all improved over the last decades. This coexistence of contrasting dynamics has become especially obvious in urban areas, which have led to the establishment of an emerging middle class society. Subordinated cities in particular have been focal points for urbanization dynamics. Meqele, the regional capital city of the Tïgray regional state, is used as one example where local dynamics and spatial manifestations of socio-cultural transformation processes have emerged.

The following research presents a unique lens used to capture relationships between space, food and society, and is a snapshot to comprehend and locate complex fields of socio-cultural transformation processes. Taking a relational research approach to space, food and society into account, this study outlines how socio-cultural transformation processes are expressed by the changing of food consumption practices among the emerging urban middle class in Meqele in northern Ethiopia. The main aims of the case study are to understand, visualize, and indicate multi-dimensional relations between space and society, to further develop social and development studies approaches within geography.

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Item Type: Doctoral thesis
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Development Studies in Geography > Chair Development Studies in Geography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Beate Lohnert
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Development Studies in Geography
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 06:46
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 07:47
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/49268