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Cuisiner ensemble: ethnographie de trois ateliers cuisine

Mélanie Augor and Anne Lhuissier

Cahiers d'Economie et de Sociologie Rurales (CESR), 2006, vol. 79

Abstract: This article is based on participant observation in three “ateliers cuisine” organised in community centres located in Paris (France). Participant involvement in culinary activities is expected, in a purpose of social integration. The study highlights two main characteristics of this activity, which appears through its cultural and collective dimension: the question of the “culinary exoticism” and the “relation with Other”. Moreover, the collective character of the culinary activity arouses social relations which are based less on culinary skills than on the social positions and properties of the participants, within the “atelier”, within the centre, and more generally within their social life. Furthermore, the collective dimension underlines the various positions of the three “ateliers” on a continuum of situations. This continuum is defined by hierarchical social relations and by meanings of the culinary activity which are supported between “making together” and “to be together”. L’enquête ethnographique menée auprès des ateliers cuisine de trois centres sociaux parisiens a mis en évidence deux aspects caractéristiques de cette activité, qui apparaissent à travers les dimensions culturelles et collectives de l’activité. Les origines diverses des personnes présentes favorisent de nombreuses interactions autour de « l’exotisme culinaire » et façonnent la « relation à l’Autre ». Par ailleurs, le caractère collectif de l’activité suscite des relations sociales qui se fondent moins sur les compétences culinaires que sur les positions et propriétés sociales des participantes, au sein de l’atelier, du centre, et plus généralement de leur vie sociale. Enfin, la dimension collective met en évidence la position différenciée des ateliers sur un continuum de situations, défini par des relations sociales hiérarchisées et des conceptions de l’activité culinaire qui s’étayent entre «faire ensemble » et « être ensemble ».

Keywords: Food; Consumption/Nutrition/Food; Safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.201677

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