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Fridges and food waste: An ethnography of freshness

Chapter


Abstract


  • The fridge has transformed how much of the Minority World understands and performs freshness in everyday domestic space. Refrigeration slows food’s decay, making possible access to food not spatially or temporally proximate. And thus, a taken-for-granted assumption in the Minority World is that fridges are integral to food’s freshness. However, this may not extend to cultures and communities with unreliable access to energy supplies and working fridges. The chapter explores how knowledges of freshness change (or not) for migrants moving to a society where refrigerators are taken for granted. To do so, it draws on Deleuze and Guattari’s related concepts of assemblage and the refrain to think about how freshness is achieved through the everyday rhythms of food purchase and storage that sustain understandings of self and place. The chapter draws on experiences of 12 Papua New Guinean (PNG) migrants in Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand, who shared their food preservation practices. We contend that in PNG, freshness is achieved through food purchasing and storage rhythms that sustain collective identities and shared places that work towards reducing food waste. In contrast, in Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand, these fridge-oriented rhythms that sustain freshness stabilise understandings of the responsible individual and private domestic spaces but encourage food waste.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Campbell, R., & Waitt, G. (2020). Fridges and food waste: An ethnography of freshness. In The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time (pp. 36-46). doi:10.4324/9780429317170-4

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780367321796

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85095387289

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time

Start Page


  • 36

End Page


  • 46

Abstract


  • The fridge has transformed how much of the Minority World understands and performs freshness in everyday domestic space. Refrigeration slows food’s decay, making possible access to food not spatially or temporally proximate. And thus, a taken-for-granted assumption in the Minority World is that fridges are integral to food’s freshness. However, this may not extend to cultures and communities with unreliable access to energy supplies and working fridges. The chapter explores how knowledges of freshness change (or not) for migrants moving to a society where refrigerators are taken for granted. To do so, it draws on Deleuze and Guattari’s related concepts of assemblage and the refrain to think about how freshness is achieved through the everyday rhythms of food purchase and storage that sustain understandings of self and place. The chapter draws on experiences of 12 Papua New Guinean (PNG) migrants in Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand, who shared their food preservation practices. We contend that in PNG, freshness is achieved through food purchasing and storage rhythms that sustain collective identities and shared places that work towards reducing food waste. In contrast, in Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand, these fridge-oriented rhythms that sustain freshness stabilise understandings of the responsible individual and private domestic spaces but encourage food waste.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Campbell, R., & Waitt, G. (2020). Fridges and food waste: An ethnography of freshness. In The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time (pp. 36-46). doi:10.4324/9780429317170-4

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780367321796

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85095387289

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time

Start Page


  • 36

End Page


  • 46