Harbottle - Chapter 13
Identities, as this text has demonstrated, may be understood by those
who claim them, to arise from essential attributes (especially those
based upon bodily features such as sex characteristics). However,
such bodily features are themselves assigned significance only in a
social context. Social identities are thus created, and are moulded,
contested and modified in the flux of social interaction, encompassing
the performance of a wide range of everyday activities and roles,
including those of food-provisioning and consumption practices.
Although culturally determined rules frame the enactment of a specific
role, nevertheless each actor draws upon his/her own experience
and interpretive capacity during a particular performance,
allowing considerable scope for transformation.