Harbottle - Chapter 12
This chapter focuses on the accounts of four teenagers (two male
and two female – selected from a wider group of participants) and
highlights the considerable flexibility and complexity in their understandings
of ethnicity and other intersecting identities, including gender.
It explores how these are reflected in their food consumption
practices and further considers how the paradoxical tendencies
towards both novelty and tradition, which are evident within food
cultures, may be of varying significance over the lifecourse. Whereas
earlier chapters have emphasised the tendency of women, while performing
food-provisioning tasks, to attempt to maintain a sense of
culinary coherence and continuity, and men to engage in the defensive
strategies of dissimulation and pretence, this chapter illustrates
how young people act as the primary cultural and culinary innovators
within their families, and considers the longterm impact upon
British Iranian cuisine.