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Afro-Diasporic Seasonings: Food Routes and Dominican Place-Making in New York City

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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.

Keywords: AFRICAN DIASPORA; COMMUNITY; DOMINICANS; FOOD; MEMORY-HISTORY; PLACE-MEMORY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175174411X12893984828719

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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