Title

Contextualizing the Immigrant Experience: The Role of Food and Foodways in Identity Maintenance and Formation for First- and Second-generation Latinos in Ithaca, New York

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Abstract

This study examines the role of food and foodways in identity maintenance and formation for Latino individuals in Ithaca, New York. Preliminary results indicate that food provides a physical link that connects individuals to their heritage culture and local communities. Despite variability in the importance that immigrants attribute to food, it remains one of the most resilient tools that informants identified as central to identity formation and maintenance. Food can therefore be a useful tool for examining the degree to which immigrants are maintaining their cultural identity and connectedness with their community.

Publication Name

Ecology of Food and Nutrition

Volume Number

54

First Page

57

Last Page

73

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1080/03670244.2014.922071

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