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Food for Soul, “Soul” for Food: The Tale of Blacks Told Through Soul Food

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The paper will look at the politics around soul food and African American identity while drawing cultural references from India. Food is not just about subsistence but it is as much about culture, tradition and community. While delving into the domain of food, the paper will discuss the space of the kitchen and the politics attached to it. How the kitchen is not just a domestic space but also a political space. The issues of caste, purity and pollution are pertinent to the kitchen. Moreover, the paper will deal with the idea of the body in relation to soul food. How both soul food and African Americans were looked down upon by the so-called privileged white masters. Today, when the narratives of hate and discrimination have become a part of every day, the politics around soul food and the black body becomes even more crucial.

From ‘Black Power Movement’, ‘Black History Month’ to ‘Black Lives Matter’, the term ‘Black’ has been a signifier of resistance against white supremacy. This paper uses ‘Black’ to depict the racial identity of African Americans and ‘African American’ to represent the overarching identity which is a culmination of art, culture, literature, music, food etc. Moreover, the word ‘Black’ has been included to bring an element of universalism while addressing people who share their roots with the African past as well as those who do not.

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Prakash, V. (2021). Food for Soul, “Soul” for Food: The Tale of Blacks Told Through Soul Food. In: Malhotra, S., Sharma, K., Dogra, S. (eds) Food Culture Studies in India. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-5254-0_15

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