Magliocco, Sabina. Playing with food: the negotiation of identity in the ethnic display event by Italian Americans in Clinton, Indiana

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Playing with food: the negotiation of identity in the ethnic display event by Italian Americans in Clinton, Indiana

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Studies in Italian American folklore, edited by Luisa Del Guidice

Published By: Original publisher Studies in Italian American folklore, edited by Luisa Del Guidice Logan, Utah: Utah State University. 1993. 107-126 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Sabina Magliocco

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Italian Americans (N010)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Cultural identity and pride (186); Gratification and control of hunger (261); Diet (262); Food service industries (265); Rest days and holidays (527); Spectacles (541);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Foodways are "…one of the most important symbols through which ethnic groups in America have maintained their individual identities and communicated them to the world around them"…(pp. 107-108). In this paper Magliocco examines food symbolically especially in regard to its significance in the Little Italy Festival carried out in a multiethnic community in which the various foods are chosen by the Italian American community as representative of their ethnic identity.. Magliocco examines four different categories of food present at the festival: "… esoteric foods, present at the private level in each Italian American home; display foods, typically associated with Italians and presented for public sale and consumption; rechristened foods, basically American items, such as soda pop and ham sandwiches, which are given Italian designations for this occasion; and pseudo-foods, such as large wooden 'cheeses,' used mostly in games and contests associated with the festival. Each category of food plays a different role in the display of symbolic ethnicity and the maintenance of ethnic identity " (p. 108).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 71

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. n010-071

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 124-126)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document fall 1983

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data unknown-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1895-1983

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Clinton, Indiana, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Italian Americans


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