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Looking at the historic Italian American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, Simone Cinotto recreates the bustling world of Italian life in New York City and demonstrates how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children. Drawing on a vast array of resources including fascinating, rarely explored primary documents and fresh approaches in the study of consumer culture, Cinotto argues that Italian immigrants created a distinctive culture of food as a symbolic response to the needs of immigrant life, from the struggle for personal and group identity to the pursuit of social and economic power. Adding a transnational dimension to the study of Italian American foodways, Cinotto recasts Italian American food culture as an American "invention" resonant with traces of tradition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: The Social Origins of Ethnic Tradition
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Chapter 1: The Contested Table
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. Chapter 2: "Sunday Dinner? You Had to Be There!"
  2. pp. 47-71
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  1. Chapter 3: An American Foodscape
  2. pp. 72-102
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  1. Part II: Producing and Consuming Italian American Identities
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Chapter 4: The American Business of Italian Food
  2. pp. 105-154
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  1. Chapter 5: "Buy Italian!"
  2. pp. 155-179
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  1. Chapter 6: Serving Ethnicity
  2. pp. 180-210
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 211-218
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 219-256
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-270
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252095016
Related ISBN
9780252037733
MARC Record
OCLC
864552174
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2013-11-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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