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Food, Space, and Place in a Global Society

Edited By Carlnita P. Greene

Foodscapes explores the nexus of food, drink, space, and place, both locally and globally. Multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary in scope, scholars consider the manifold experiences that we have when engaging with food, drink, space, and place. They offer a wide array of theories, methods, and perspectives, which can be used as lenses for analyzing these interconnections, throughout each chapter. Scholars interrogate our practices and behaviors with food within spaces and places, analyze the meanings that we create about these entities, and demonstrate their wider cultural, political, social, economic, and material implications.

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6. The Contemporary Allure of a Food Market: An Ethnographic Study of Dolac Market (Melanija Belaj / Jelena Ivanišević)


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6.  The Contemporary Allure of a Food Market: An Ethnographic Study of Dolac Market


Capital of Croatia, the city of Zagreb has a large network of food markets, as much as twenty-three of them, one in each of the larger quarters of the city. The most famous, and the most vibrant is Dolac, situated right next to the main city square, on the site of a medieval settlement surrounding the church of St. Mary. Although it is the central Zagreb market, and probably has the best offer, it should be noted that during the week it serves as a neighborhood market, while on the weekends it is accessible to those that come from the wider city area. Going to the Dolac on weekends is not only for purchasing a weekly supply of food, it is also a social event. People use the opportunity to take a walk and to meet with friends and acquaintances, over the unavoidable coffee in some of the nearby cafés. Even though the food markets in the city cannot be viewed outside of the framework of economic relations, their survival and their attractiveness to the modern consumer stems from the complex social rituals taking place there. Therefore, we will treat Dolac as a communication hub within the city, an urban narrative with multiple meanings where private intertwines with public, as well as the economic with the social and the...

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