Food as means for a hostipitality. The fragile balance of cooked and raw between migrants and the native population in a Palermo market

Journal title MONDI MIGRANTI
Author/s Ignazia Bartholini, Rafaela Pascoal
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/2 Language Italian
Pages 17 P. 55-71 File size 277 KB
DOI 10.3280/MM2021-002003
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In this article, the researchers proposes the concept of hostipitality (Derrida, 2000) in the light of material culture, food and related eating practices, and examine the links between food, belonging and commensality. The participatory observation and the semi-structured interviews of this research made it possible to mark the boundaries of the Ballarò, to identify the types of commercial activity, based on the "cooked" and / or "raw", distinguish the different market areas are also the forms of "armed coexistence" taking place between immigrants and autochtho-nous. If cooked food is hospitable under certain conditions, raw food is more likely to establish lasting as well as conditioned hostility. In any case, raw food stores are far more numerous in the Ballarò market, and constitute a brake on "delocalization" of hypermarkets and to "disembedding" (Polanyi, 1944; Anthony Giddens, 1991) of urban populations.

Keywords: Ballarò; hospitality and hostispitality; cooked and raw food; sharing e marking boundaries.

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Ignazia Bartholini, Rafaela Pascoal, Il cibo come mezzo per una convivenza ostipitale. Gli equilibri fragili del cotto e del crudo fra migranti e popolazione autoctona in un mercato di Palermo in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 2/2021, pp 55-71, DOI: 10.3280/MM2021-002003