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The Taco TruckHow Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City$
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Robert Lemon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042454

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.001.0001

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Community Conflict and Cuisine in Columbus

Community Conflict and Cuisine in Columbus

(p.103) Chapter 5 Community Conflict and Cuisine in Columbus
The Taco Truck

Robert Lemon

University of Illinois Press

Chapter Five looks at the appearance of taco trucks in Columbus, Ohio’s west side in the early 2000s and the progression of the community’s initially negative perception of the trucks to a positive one as the trucks have become a more integral part of the neighborhood. In so doing, the chapter evaluates the ways in which taco trucks have become symbolic of a cultural transgression. The taco truck thus interrupts previous established cultural boundaries of the neighborhood’s spaces and is deemed out of place by the previous community residents. The chapter demonstrates how, through cooking and eating practices that foster conviviality, an immigrant group can culturally redraw social boundaries to redefine culture.

Keywords:   taco trucks, Columbus, cultural transgression, cultural boundaries, out of place, cooking and eating practices, conviviality, social boundaries

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