Eating and drinking in Global Brooklyn

Mateusz Halawa, Fabio Parasecoli

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This essay proposes an analytical framework for studying the emergent cultural formation around eating and drinking that we call Global Brooklyn. It is a recurring, vaguely codified set of material objects, environments, practices, and discourses which materialize in cities throughout the world in coffee places, restaurants, and food halls. Taking an ideal type approach, we describe: (1) the designed materialities of rugged postindustrial settings; (2) a shift in taste judgements; (3) the role of digital and visual communication in creating and sharing experiences and values; (4) a knowledge-intensive aspect of practices and strategies of actors; and (5) appeals to an ethos of authenticity and craft that celebrates manual labor. The essay aims at bridging food studies with food design through a closer engagement with material culture in objects and spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-406
Number of pages20
JournalFood, Culture and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 8 2019


  • Globalization
  • food design
  • foodways
  • material culture
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies


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