Food And Nationalism: A Summary

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Food is a means through which tensions over the conflict between global and local identities and practices are expressed, food is often used to define cultural boundaries including national identity. Food can be used as a means to separate groups of people into classes food also has the ability to bring people together under one identity.
The article Tasting Empire: Chocolate and the European Internalization of Mesoamerican Aesthetics, by Mary Norton depicted how food was a means of separating groups of people and bringing them together later on. Different cultures today have differing tastes in food. In the Early 19th century Europeans began to develop a likeness for Indian chocolate consumption. Chocolate and Sugar was highly demanded to
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The demand for these newly imported goods brought other items as well stimulating commerce throughout Europe and its more rural colonies. The migration of the chocolate from the Indians to the Europeans later on led to the transmission of tastes between different cultures. With time the overall consumption of chocolate began to expand and evolve. This occurred through technological and economic advancements, that solved problems such as long-distance …show more content…
Global and the local forces have been intimate partners within the marketplace. Belizean food became what it is today through the globalization of the Belizean markets and incorporating may imported goods from other countries. Belizean national cuisine has been a global process. During the early years most of the imported food within the Belizean marketplace included game, beef, condiments, and alcoholic drinks. Belizean imports really sustained this country, “according to customs records, in the early nineteenth century food accounted for more than 80 percent of all imports by value”(Wilk 4). Towards the end of the 19th century, a much wider variety of foods were being imported such as canned and preserved foods. In the colonial system of selling imports, in markets had a bad reputation for poor quality because of its difficulty to monitor. Consumers began to depend on the reputations of merchants and brand, and on price signals as guides to quality. Countries where these products came from also gave consumers an insight on the quality of the good. Marketing was in the form as ‘just arrived’, ‘landed this week’, and/ or ‘just imported’ (Wilk). Something simple as food consumption defined peoples’ status during this era. Certain products that were imported would be advertised to the elite. Cheap generic local goods

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