Urban Foodways and Communication is a collection of ethnographic case studies that examine urban foodways around the world as forms of human communication and intangible cultural heritage.
Embedded in the quest for ways to preserve and promote heritage of any kind and, in particular, food heritage, is an appreciation or a sense of an impending loss of a particular way of life – knowledge, skills set, traditions -- deemed vital to the survival of a culture or community. Foodways places the production, procurement, preparation and sharing or consumption of food at an intersection among culture, tradition, and history. Thus, foodways is an important material and symbolic marker of identity, race and ethnicity, gender, class, ideology and social relations.
Urban Foodways and Communication seeks to enrich our understanding of unique foodways in urban settings around the world as forms of intangible cultural heritage. Each ethnographic case study focuses its analysis on how the featured foodways manifests itself symbolically through and in communication. The book helps advance our knowledge of urban food heritages in order to contribute to their appreciation, preservation, and promotion.
1: At the Intersection of Urban Foodways, Communication, and Intangible Cultural Heritage: An Introduction
Casey Man Kong Lum and Marc de Ferrière le Vayer
2: Bacalhau–A Love Story: An Ethnographic Study of Portuguese Foodways
3: Kimchi Nation: Constructing Kimjang as an Intangible Korean Heritage
4: The Lebanese Bigarade: A Tree at the Heart of Urban Foodways
5: Shark Town: Kesennuma’s Taste for Shark and the Challenge of a Tsunami
6: The Story in My Matzah Ball Soup: Food as Memory, Identity, and Culture in Contemporary Jewish Barcelona
Catherine Simone Gallin
7: Gastronomic Festivals and Celebrations on the Montenegrin Coast: Promoting Multicultural Heritage
through Traditional Foodways
Ivona Jovanovic´, Andiela Vitić-Ćetković, and Charles A. Baker-Clark
8: FIFA vs. As Baianas de Acarajé and the Politics of the Cultural Imaginary
Scott Alves Barton
9: Edible Heritage: Tradition, Health, and Ephemeral Consumption Spaces in Mexican Street Food
José Antonio Vázquez-Medina, Miriam Bertrán, and F. Xavier Medina
10: Botteghe Storiche: A Study of the Disappearance of Historic Food Shops and Its Role in the Transformation of Rome’s Urban Social Life
Sonia Massari, Elena T. Carbone, and Salem Paulos
11: Urban Melting Pot: Food Heritage in Yakutia
Isabelle Bianquis and Isabella Borissova
12: Epilogue: Urban Foodways as Communication and as Intangible Cultural Heritage