Rowman and Littlefield International

The Tastes and Politics of Inter-Cultural Food in Australia

By Dr. Sukhmani Khorana

Part of the series Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies

Publication Date: Apr 2018

Pages 144

Hardback 9781786602183
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Ebook 9781786602206
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In the 21st century, an accelerated pace of global movements of people, goods, capital, technology and ideas has led to ambivalence regarding cultural identity for individuals, as well as collectives like neighbourhoods and cities. While the preparation, availability and consumption of diverse foods have become symbolic of the very openness of a place, there are concerns that this is only reflective of a superficial and consumerist form of middle class cosmopolitanism.

Using food-oriented case studies centred on Australian cities and media, Bonding Over Food argues for a processual understanding of cosmopolitanism. Such an approach helps us understand various kinds of social bonds formed over food as ‘convivial’ practices that are potentially ethical and/or reflexive as opposed to being driven by ‘othering’ discourses.
Introduction: Food Cosmopolitanism and Contemporary Urban Australia/ Part I: The Local/ 1. South Asian Grocery Stores in a Sydney Suburb: Conviviality in Transit/ 2. ‘The Welcome Dinner Project’ and ‘Eat Street’ Markets: Local Efforts to Mingle Over Food/ Part II: The Global/ 3. Masterchef: Selling a Cosmopolitan Australia/ 4.Australians in Hanoi: When Street Food Tours are Safely Exotic/ Part III: The Glocal/ 5.Food Safari: Does Maeve O’Maera replace the Aussie male adventurer?/ 6. Tales from ‘Foodie’ Creative Migrants Interviews/ Conclusion: Ethical and Reflexive Food Practices/ Index
Food has always been central to how we live together and, as this book acutely shows, how we become more than who we are. Eschewing a superficial white, middle class cosmopolitanism for an understanding of cosmopolitanisation as process, Sukhmani Khorana cleverly examines, across a range of sites, the way food is central to everyday intercultural politics – and gender and class – in Australia. This offers, she argues, the possibility for a critical, resistant conviviality and a more ethical way of living in diversity. This is a must read for all cosmo-multiculturalists!
Greg Noble, Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University
Sukhmani Khorana is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Wollongong. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. She is the editor of a Routledge anthology titled Crossover Cinema (2013). Sukhmani has published extensively on diasporic cultures, transnational film, and multi-platform refugee narratives. With Kate Darian-Smith and Sue Turnbull, she holds a current ARC Linkage project (with the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image) examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia.

She has also published creative non-fiction and commentary on diversity in contemporary Australia (including food cultures) in outlets such as The Conversation, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, and Peril, and is a co-convenor of the Asian Australian Film Forum and Network.

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