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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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Food and Power in Israel—Orientalization and Ambivalence

(p.217) Conclusion
Food and Power

Nir Avieli

University of California Press

This concluding chapter points to two culinary trends in contemporary Israel that emerge at the intersection of food and power. First, it argues that the Israeli culinary sphere has been very much “orientalized.” The process of mizruah (orientalization) involves fierce conflicts in the political, socioeconomic, and cultural arenas, Mizrahi food is embraced by members of all the ethnic groups in Israel. In this sense, Israeli kitchens and food events celebrate mizrahiyut. Second, the chapter points out that power in the Israeli culinary sphere entails, and is treated with, ambivalence. The meanings which Israelis attribute to their food and foodways expose their take on power: they indulge in their power and celebrate their might but simultaneously perceive of themselves as the ultimate and eternal victims and as completely powerless.

Keywords:   contemporary Israel, culinary trends, food, power, mizruah, Mizrahi food, ambivalence, Israeli culinary sphere

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