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CASTRO, Mora  and  FABRON, Giorgina. Food knowledge and practices: Migrant families between uplands and lowlands in Argentina. Estud. soc [online]. 2018, vol.28, n.51. ISSN 0188-4557.

Objective: To analyze food practices and representations features of migrant families within Argentina that currently inhabit in the Southern Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area. Methodology: Is based on ethnographic fieldwork and secondary sources of information. Results: we obtained the following results: a) characteristics and processes of food practices and representations b) identity building in migrant context through the elaboration and consumption of specific plates c) specific issues within both territories in terms of the grammar of cuisine and their transmission modes. Limitations: The main limitations were due to outdated national public information on population and agricultural census in both areas, and the extension of the migrant families’ interviews sample. Conclusions: We conclude that food practices variations between both territories are mainly those related to elaboration techniques, new products incorporation and/or ingredients replacements. Additionally, those variations are accompanied by a re-signification, within the migrant context, about the food knowledge and meals consumption, which have a major impact on both identities and collective memory of migrant families as well as the strengthening of access strategies.

Keywords : contemporary food; food knowledge and practices; knowledge transmission; migration; Florencio Varela; Humahuaca and Tilcara departments; Argentina.

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