Beyond foodscapes: Considering geographies of Indigenous well-being

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Abstract

Direct associations between food and health have been pursued traditionally through nutrition and health policy studies; however, geography has much to offer in providing a disciplinary context that can support a critique of this literature and the recognition of the critical significance of broader associations between culture, environment and well-being. This paper explores the potential of these opportunities by reviewing existing interests in food geographies and the wider attention being given to geographies of health and well-being. We then turn to consider dimensions of Indigenous life, health and well-being and we highlight the complex intersection of people, place and ‘nature–culture’ relations. In particular, we propose the need to move beyond a foodscape approach and suggest how a more culturally complex reading of food and food practices may be made to enhance research and policy concerning Indigenous health and well-being.

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