The Hummus Wars
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.
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