Savoring Polishness: History and Tradition in Contemporary Polish Food Media

Agata Bachórz, Fabio Parasecoli

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Abstract

This article examines the future-oriented use of the culinary past in Poland’s food discourse through a qualitative analysis of popular food media (printed magazines and TV). We analyze how interpretations of food and culinary practices from the past are connected to contemporary debates. We contend that media representations of the culinary past co-create projects of Polish modernization in which diverse voices vie for hegemony by embracing different forms of engagement with the West and by imagining the future shape of the community. We distinguish between a pragmatic and a foodie type of culinary capital and focus on how they differently and at times paradoxically frame cultural memory and tradition. We observe the dynamics of collective memory and oblivion, and assess how interpretations of specific periods in Poland’s past are negotiated in the present through representations of material culture and practices revolving around food, generating not only contrasting evaluations of the past but also diverging economies of the future. Finally, we explore tradition as a set of present-day values, attitudes, and practices that are connected with the past, but respond to current concerns and visions of the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEast European Politics and Societies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • culinary capital
  • cultural memory
  • food media
  • Poland
  • Polish foodscapes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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