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Food and PowerA Culinary Ethnography of Israel$
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Nir Avieli

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290099

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290099.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Hummus Wars

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Food and Power
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Nir Avieli

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290099.003.0001

This introductory chapter illustrates how the Hummus Wars were motivated by the strained relations between Israeli Jews, Palestinians, and Middle Eastern Arabs. The Hummus Wars are a great example of the kind of internal debates that pervade the culinary sphere, where members of a given social group negotiate different aspects of their identity—such as ethnicity, religion, gender, and class—among themselves over the dining table. The chapter shows the process of culinary globalization and attempts at transcending the local that were evident at Abu Gosh. It also presents some of the seminal definitions of power by social scientists and then applies them to the culinary sphere.

Keywords:   Hummus Wars, Israeli Jews, Palestinians, Middle Eastern Arabs, culinary globalization, Abu Gosh, culinary sphere, power

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