Today foreign restaurants and food shops shape the culinary landscape of Britain. While the impact of post-war migration on the traditional eating habits of the British population has received some attention in historical research, the influence of former waves of immigrants has hardly been studied. This paper focuses on the immigration of German pork butchers and their contribution to the development of meat consumption in Britain. By looking at the pattern of migration it will be shown that migrants created geographically widespread networks in Britain. Within these networks they transferred skills, know-how and social capital. Through a complex process of adaptation and appropriation German sausages were incorporated into the British diet. This process involved natives as well as immigrants. The former had to overcome established food habits while the latter had to adapt their recipes to local taste preferences.
German Pork Butchers in Britain
Margrit Schulte Beerbühl
Bordered nation-state approaches are increasingly challenged and they rarely hold up under critical questioning. In this essay I discuss the cultural interactions across Central Europe that preceded the nineteenth-century development of national consciousness and—for many only after 1918—independent states. I argue that identities based on religion, profession or craft, administrative or military expertise characterized people more than those founded on ethnocultural/regional origin during the various migrations of the period. A dual outward-inward perspective focuses on the influence of German-speakers in other parts of Europe and on men and women from other cultures in the core German-language regions. I carry the story up to the 1930s and I argue that transregional and transcultural approaches are empirically sounder than transnational ones. It follows that migrant destinations also need to be addressed as micro- or macro-regions—the several distinct locations in Eastern, East Central, and Southeastern Europe, for example—rather than in terms of states.
Stemming the Flows of Migrants, but at What Cost?
policy makers to such movements has been an increasing externalization of their restrictive migration policies to stem the movements of people and to shift the responsibility for preventing irregular immigration to so-called transit states. As the most
Narratives of Romanian Construction Workers in London
The present article aims to show that, for migrant men working in London in low- and mid-skilled jobs, migration is a path for fashioning the self as gendered actors striving to improve their livelihoods. The present article describes their
Commemoration, Contestation, and Migrant Integration in the United Kingdom and Germany
Barbara Laubenthal and Kevin Myers
The question of the integration of migrants in European societies is a timely one. Large refugee movements from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan and new patterns of intra-European migration after the latest waves of eu
This article describes and analyzes the complex relationship between Turkey, Germany, and the European Union over the past half-century. It asks why numerous other countries have jumped the queue and managed to gain entry, whereas Turkey has been left knocking at the door, presented with increasing obstacles through which it must pass. The role of Islam is examined as a motivating factor in the exclusion of Turkey. Also, the historical memory of the Ottoman Empire's relationship with Europe is discussed. The mixed reception and perceived problems of integration of the large population of people from Turkey and their descendants who arrived in the 1960s as "guestworkers" is put forth as a key obstacle to Turkey's admission to the European Union. Contradictions in policies and perceptions are highlighted as further impediments to accession.
Analyzing US and EU policies through the lens of normative transformation
The European Union’s 2015–2016 “migration/asylum crisis” gave renewed prominence to discussions over the relationship between migration, security and development in global affairs. The EU’s policy responses to these flows have confirmed that
Withheld Stories and the Limits of Ethnographic Knowability
; Jackson  2013a ). By exploring the politics of circulation of a story, in this article I am interested in the intertwined dynamics of survival and storytelling in the context of migration by boat. I will argue that the regime of contemporary
A Jewish Perspective
edited by the speaker) The biblical portrayal of wandering, what we today might call migration, is indeed rather sobering. It does not shy away from descriptions of being taken advantage of, enslavement, rape and even attempts of genocide. It reflects
Negotiating Religious Identity among Hazara Women in Germany
advancement of the field. Migration is a transformative parameter in a physical and social setting, and exposure to a new society leads to curiosity, enabling an immigrant to observe, learn new things and reflect upon one's own traditions vis-à-vis the new