Comiendo bien: The production of latinidad through the performance of healthy eating among latino immigrant families in San Francisco

Airín D. Martínez

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Abstract

Utilizing a bricolage of interactionist cultural studies, ethnic foodways, and situational analysis this paper examines how Latino immigrants, representing six countries and multiple preimmigration class positions, come to perform Latinidad through the lay health practice of comiendo bien (eating well). Comiendo bien was examined through participant observation of 15 families living in San Francisco and 27 key informant interviews. Comiendo bien is a performance that exists through the convergence of multiple identity positions. Latina/o immigrants not only enact the Latinidad in the United States through artistic expression or political strategizing, but also by sharing an idealized practice of healthy eating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-85
Number of pages20
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Keywords

  • Latinas/os
  • ethnicity
  • foodways
  • identity formation
  • performance
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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