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Food hospitality and the negotiation of subjectivities through meals in the context of migration: case studies from Belgium
Clarebout, Alice; Mescoli, Elsa
2023In Food, Culture and Society
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Keywords :
Food; hospitality; migration; subjectivity; agency; Belgium
Abstract :
[en] This article focuses on the ways in which food enables undocumented migrants to find a place in the context of forced displacement, transit mobility and unstable settlement. The analysis is based on qualitative data collected within the framework of two research projects studying different forms of mobilization involving undocumented migrants in Belgium. In both fieldworks, hospitality dynamics were observed to develop through food. In one case, undocumented migrants hosted by Belgian citizens cooked meals to thank them for their hospitality as well as to eat something they like and to regain some power of action in their everyday life. In the other case, a group of undocumented migrant women living in a collective housing prepared "African food" for Belgian people to create spaces of intercultural encounter, to sensitize to the cause of undocumented people and to gain some money. Relying on the literature on food and hospitality crossed with migration (and gender) issues, and focusing on the relationship between hosts and guests, we aim at highlighting how migrants' subjectivities and agency are negotiated through food practices in different hospitality situations involving undocumented migrants and local people.
Research center :
IRSS-CEDEM - Institut de recherches en Sciences Sociales. Centre d'Études de l'Ethnicité et des Migrations - ULiège [BE]
Disciplines :
Anthropology
Author, co-author :
Clarebout, Alice  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Institut de recherche en Sciences Sociales (IRSS)
Mescoli, Elsa  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Institut de recherche en Sciences Sociales (IRSS) > IRSS: Centre d'Etudes de l'Ethnicité et des Migrations
Language :
English
Title :
Food hospitality and the negotiation of subjectivities through meals in the context of migration: case studies from Belgium
Publication date :
2023
Journal title :
Food, Culture and Society
ISSN :
1552-8014
eISSN :
1751-7443
Publisher :
Taylor & Francis, United Kingdom
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Name of the research project :
PUMOMIG
Funders :
BELSPO - Belgian Federal Science Policy Office [BE]
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