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Enhancing food-related agency in refugees and asylum seekers: A driver to resilience and regenerative empowerment
Titolo Rivista: MONDI MIGRANTI 
Autori/Curatori: Maria Giovanna Onorati 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2021 Fascicolo: 2  Lingua: Inglese 
Numero pagine:  16 P. 89-104 Dimensione file:  227 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MM2021-002005
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The paper argues the importance of food in the contexts of "forced migration" and the promising impact of enhancing food-related capabilities on refugees’ em-powerment and social inclusion. To support the argument, the Author presents a pilot project based on research-action and providing food training for 39 refugees hosted in Piedmont. The research findings show that a participatory approach to training that values prior culinary learning, and the use of narrative interviews elic-iting food stories, may favour empowerment and social inclusion. Recovering food-related agency within refugees’ unfinished journeys contributes to an em-powerment going beyond a sedentarist model of integration, namely a one-way and singularly place-bound demand of adaptation. Food agency is a basic enti-tlement that proves to be a major source of well-being for forced migrants, as well as a regenerative occasion for both healing ‘refugee gaps’, and providing a more sustainable approach to resources.

Il saggio mostra l'importanza del cibo nei contesti della "migrazione forzata" e l’impatto positivo dello sviluppo di capacità in ordine al cibo sui processi di empo-werment e di inclusione sociale dei rifugiati. L’autrice presenta un progetto pilota basato sulla ricerca-azione e sulla formazione gastronomica di 39 rifugiati in ac-coglienza in Piemonte. La ricerca mostra come un approccio partecipativo alla formazione che valorizzi le conoscenze culinarie informali, unitamente all’uso dell’intervista narrativa, favoriscano i processi di inclusione sociale. Il recupero del-la food agency durante i viaggi infiniti dei rifugiati favorisce un empowerment che va oltre il modello sedentaristico di integrazione, inteso come richiesta di adatta-mento a senso unico e in un unico luogo. La food agency è un diritto fondamenta-le e un’importante fonte di benessere, oltre che occasione rigenerativa sia per col-mare i refugee gap che per sviluppare un approccio più sostenibile alle risorse.
Keywords: "migrazione forzata"; formazione alimentare; food agency; empowerment rigenerativo; inclusione sociale; approccio partecipativo.

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Maria Giovanna Onorati, Potenziare l’agency legata al cibo nei rifugiati e richiedenti asilo: un motore per la resilienza e l’empowerment rigenerativo in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 2/2021, pp. 89-104, DOI:10.3280/MM2021-002005


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