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Type: Book chapter
Title: Food, taste, and memory in Australian migrant hostels
Author: Ankeny, R.A.
Agutter, K.
Citation: Space, Taste and Affect: Atmospheres that Shape the Way We Eat, 2021 / Falconer, E. (ed./s), Ch.4, pp.61-73
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Publisher Place: London, United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2021
Series/Report no.: Routledge Research in Culture, Space and Identity
ISBN: 1138234265
Editor: Falconer, E.
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Rachel A. Ankeny, Karen Agutter
Abstract: Government-run hostels provided temporary accommodation for the thousands of refugees and migrants of diverse backgrounds who came to Australia between 1947 and 1990. The food was served communally, and although plentiful and nutritious, was typically described by residents as ‘horrible’. This chapter uses oral histories and archival material to explore how food offered a common experience within the liminal space of the hostel to provide a point of protest and resistance, and how the smell and taste of certain foods still affect migrants today. Hostel food represented a lack of respect for traditions and homelands left behind, especially for refugees.
Rights: © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Emily Falconer; individual chapters, the contributors. The rights of Emily Falconer to be identified as the author of the editorial material, and of the authors for their individual chapters, has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.4324/9781315307473-4
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