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    Falafel king: culinary customs and national narratives in Palestine

    Ghandour, Zeina B. (2013) Falafel king: culinary customs and national narratives in Palestine. Feminist Legal Studies 21 (3), pp. 281-301. ISSN 0966-3622.

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    This article is the first in a series in which I propose to draw on the emergent and poly/trans disciplinary field of Food Studies in order to pursue questions of national identity, political struggle, cultural resistance and psychological survival in Palestine. There are several perspectives from which this connection between food and territoriality may be theorised. At first instance, for the purposes of this paper, I ask whether it is appropriate to draw on the cultural property paradigm in order to spotlight the possibilities and significance of claiming their cuisine as the intangible cultural heritage of Palestinians. This essay is a rhetorical cry for the repatriation and rehabilitation of regional specialties. The need to acknowledge, safeguard and celebrate Palestinian culture, its distinctive genius and the abundance and refinement of its traditions is part of the struggle for meaningful political change. The Palestinian ethnographic research included in this paper was conducted in collaboration with Bait al Karama, a local (Nablus based) NGO founded and run entirely by women, for local women. My methodology is rooted in the relationship between activism and academia.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Cultural property, Ecriture Feminine, Food (and) colonialism, Legal anthropology/ethnography, Palestine/Israel
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 13:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:09


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