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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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The McDonaldization of the Kibbutz Dining Room

The McDonaldization of the Kibbutz Dining Room

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(p.112) Four The McDonaldization of the Kibbutz Dining Room
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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/9780520290099.003.0005

This chapter addresses the unexpected consequences of the privatization of iconic kibbutz institutions. Based on ethnographic research conducted in the dining rooms of three kibbutzim in different stages of privatization, or “McDonaldization,” the chapter follows the contested meanings of the dining room experience. The food and eating patterns that prevail in these dining rooms are presented as expressions of hegemonic power structures, and their modifications reflect changing values within and beyond the kibbutz. The chapter's findings challenge the common understating of the “kibbutz crisis,” or the understating of failure in general as a consequence of the rise of individualism in contemporary Israel.

Keywords:   kibbutz, McDonaldization, privation, dining room experience, eating patterns, hegemonic power, individualism, contemporary Israel

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