Afghanistan Remembers: Gendered Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practices

By Parin Dossa
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2014
World Rights
192 Pages

BOOK REVIEWS

Afghanistan Remembers is engaged anthropology at its best: innovative, responsive, nuanced.  This compelling ethnography explores the ways gendered violences of war and dislocation resonate across families in Afghanistan to resettlements in Canada – impacting the inner spaces of people’s everyday lives as not-quite-articulated knowledge. But these memories also convey political truths and illuminate injustices – revealing the unknown workings of violence. Through these women’s narratives and culinary lives, Dossa shows how stories and ‘food as performance’ can reveal, and begin to heal, the impact of violence on the inner recesses of life.”
Carolyn R. Nordstrom, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Afghanistan Remembers makes an important contribution to the literature on memory and memorialization, the gender relations of war, immigration and diaspora studies, and the political economy and anthropology of food. The detailed, richly layered telling of the women’s stories is exceptional, as is Dossa’s analysis of them.”
Wenona Giles, Department of Anthropology, York University