Urban Foodways & Communication

Lum, C. M. K., & de Ferrière le Vayer, M. (Eds.). (2016). Urban foodways and communication: Ethnographic studies in intangible cultural food heritages around the world. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Lum coverEmbedded 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.

To apply for a 30% reduction in the price of the book prior to June 17, 2017, contact Casey Lum directly.

Table of Contents:

At the Intersection of Urban Foodways, Communication, and Intangible Cultural Heritage: An Introduction – Casey Man Kong Lum and Marc de Ferrière le Vayer

Bacalhau–A Love Story: An Ethnographic Study of Portuguese Foodways – paula arvela

Kimchi Nation: Constructing Kimjang as an Intangible Korean Heritage – Chi-Hoon Kim

The Lebanese Bigarade: A Tree at the Heart of Urban Foodways – Aïda Kanafani-Zahar

Shark Town: Kesennuma’s Taste for Shark and the Challenge of a Tsunami – Jun Akamine

The Story in My Matzah Ball Soup: Food as Memory, Identity, and Culture in Contemporary Jewish Barcelona – Catherine Simone Gallin

Gastronomic Festivals and Celebrations on the Montenegrin Coast: Promoting Multicultural Heritage through Traditional Foodways – Ivona Jovanović, Andriela Vitić-Ćetković, and Charles A. Baker-Clark

FIFA vs. As Baianas de Acarajé and the Politics of the Cultural Imaginary – Scott Alves Barton

Edible Heritage: Tradition, Health, and Ephemeral Consumption Spaces in Mexican Street Food – José Antonio Vázquez-Medina, Miriam Bertrán, and F. Xavier Medina

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

Urban Melting Pot: Food Heritage in Yakutia – Isabelle Bianquis and Isabella Borissova

Epilogue: Urban Foodways as Communication and as Intangible Cultural Heritage – Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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