Afro-Diasporic Seasonings: Food Routes and Dominican Place-Making in New York City
Author: Marte, Lidia
Source: Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of MultidisciplinaryResearch, 1 June 2011, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 181-204(24)
Abstract:This paper offers some perspectives concerning the centrality of food for the way Dominican immigrants in New York City negotiate the micro-politics of place and community. It examines how immigrants navigate the urban spaces through food routes, form new social networks and re-imagine places of home in a new society. Using the concept of “Afro-diasporic seasonings” is a way to point to the struggles, movements, and wider contexts of memory-history that made possible the present relations between these people, foods and places. This exploration is approached from three angles. First, I share some findings about how Dominican immigrants season their foods and lives in New York City. Second, I discuss place-seasonings, or how the process of finding housing has a tremendous impact on self-making and community formation. Third, I contextualize Dominican migrants' food practices within Afro-diasporic trajectories.
Document Type: Research Article