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Bridging Social Distance Through Cultural Authenticity: Black Immigrant and African-American Relations in a Jamaican Restaurant

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Contemporary research on black immigrants in the US finds that West Indians use their culture to distance themselves from African Americans. However, little work has been done to explore how the cultural elements of immigrant communities can in fact redefine social boundaries between ethnic groups. Using ethnographic data from a Jamaican restaurant in Chicago, I find that a distinct cultural object can be used by immigrants to undermine boundaries. This paper makes three claims: one, actors in the restaurant space draw connections between the object and the institution. So that if the object is believed to be authentic than the institution and the individuals within it are perceived as embodying authenticity. Two, when the projection of authenticity by proprietors resonates with the consumers’ idea of authentic embodiment, authenticity can serve to build community. And three, the collection of ideas about authentic jerk allows the cultural entity to function as a boundary object that serves as a bridge between seemingly antagonistic groups. I find that preparation and serving of jerked cuisine became the basis for determining authentic and non-authentic Jamaican restaurants for ethnic insiders and outsiders.

Keywords: authenticity, cultural boundaries, ethnic distinction, immigrant restaurants, intra-racial/black interethnic relations, social distancing

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Medford-Lee, Marcelle. "Bridging Social Distance Through Cultural Authenticity: Black Immigrant and African-American Relations in a Jamaican Restaurant" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p505495_index.html>

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Medford-Lee, M. M. , 2011-08-19 "Bridging Social Distance Through Cultural Authenticity: Black Immigrant and African-American Relations in a Jamaican Restaurant" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p505495_index.html

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Abstract: Contemporary research on black immigrants in the US finds that West Indians use their culture to distance themselves from African Americans. However, little work has been done to explore how the cultural elements of immigrant communities can in fact redefine social boundaries between ethnic groups. Using ethnographic data from a Jamaican restaurant in Chicago, I find that a distinct cultural object can be used by immigrants to undermine boundaries. This paper makes three claims: one, actors in the restaurant space draw connections between the object and the institution. So that if the object is believed to be authentic than the institution and the individuals within it are perceived as embodying authenticity. Two, when the projection of authenticity by proprietors resonates with the consumers’ idea of authentic embodiment, authenticity can serve to build community. And three, the collection of ideas about authentic jerk allows the cultural entity to function as a boundary object that serves as a bridge between seemingly antagonistic groups. I find that preparation and serving of jerked cuisine became the basis for determining authentic and non-authentic Jamaican restaurants for ethnic insiders and outsiders.

Keywords: authenticity, cultural boundaries, ethnic distinction, immigrant restaurants, intra-racial/black interethnic relations, social distancing


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