Food Relates, Published in: European Countryside (2022)

Food Relates: Positionings in Space, Time and Society in the German Language Pockets of Sauris and Timau (Italy)

 

The article explores positionings in space, time and society that inhabitants of Sauris and Timau, German language pockets in Friuli, construct when talking about food. Interviewees do not speak about the three dimensions in isolation: They embed their (food-related) experiences and memories into a specific context including places, times and the connected people. In narratives, representations of the context are revealed, and people are positioning themselves through specific relations to it.

Older interview partners have experienced the transition from a lifestyle that was characterized by agriculture, where nutrition was based on self-produced goods, to the increased availability of a large range of products. Furthermore, people themselves, relatives and friends have been to other places, which affected their nutrition varyingly. Today, inhabitants barely deem their daily nutrition local-specific, but appreciate such dishes – which have names in the German language variant – and find it important to consume them on holidays. Eating does not only lead to new experiences, but evokes memories from the (local) past and different places with associated sensations, emotions, feelings and values. The past can therefore be brought into the present by incorporating meaningful food. Common food preparation and consumption fosters the negotiation of collective and personal meanings and can support the vivid preservation of past knowledge, practices and values.

 

This work was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) under grant 32500.

 

Hasenauer, L. (2022): Food Relates: Positionings in Space, Time and Society in the German Language Pockets of Sauris and Timau (Italy). In: European Countryside 14/4, S. 696-720.

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