Degree Name

MA in Conflict Transformation

First Advisor

Tatsushi Arai


This paper investigates the impact that Western development has had on eating habits among women living in the greater Dehradun area of India over the last century. Research was undertaken while working at Bija Vidyapeeth, an organic farm and educational center operated by the Indian-based Non-Governmental Organization, Navdanya. Primary data was collected by interviewing twelve women from four families, spanning three generations and ranging in age from 106 to 20. Two of the four families live in the urban center of Dehradun, while the other two families practice farming outside the city limits. Interviews revealed a generational change in eating habits among families living in the city of Dehradun, while agrarian families were more resistant to broad incorporation of Western influences into their diets and lifestyles. Data was analyzed within the framework of the Basic Human Needs development strategy, and the structural violence that has resulted from the imposition of this development model by Western powers.


Agriculture | Family, Life Course, and Society | International and Community Nutrition | Nutrition


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