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Foodscapes

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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7. “Put It on My Tab”: Dominican-Haitian Relations and Buying Food on Credit in Neighborhood Corner Stores (Christine Hippert)

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7.  “Put It on My Tab”: Dominican-Haitian Relations and Buying Food on Credit in Neighborhood Corner Stores

CHRISTINE HIPPERT

…Hello, corner store, Bring me four cold beers Dominoes will be played A frosty beer bottle, dressed as a bride How it smokes, it sings, to please…. Hey there, baby, turn around for me Turn for me, shake your booty To the corner store where the air’s fresher, What dancing, how lovely, what love! —Lyrics from the song, “Colmado (Corner store)”1

One of the most perceptible results of the migration of people is interpersonal tension, tension that takes root between non-migrants and migrants, as well as in the ways that immigration “reform” is conceptualized and developed in policies all over the world—from the border of the US and Mexico to the transnational migration of Syrians to continental Europe. Tension is often created between and among peoples from host and sending communities, and scholars explain the emergence of this tension using a variety of different and overlapping reasons. First, group conflict theorists explain that tension arises when people in host communities argue that migrants strain available resources, creating at least the perception of fierce competition for provisions and jobs.2 Second, symbolic interactionists contend that tension between people in host communities and newcomers arise when people perceive an uneven or nonexistent adoption of mainstream cultural values and practices, creating and/or reproducing misunderstandings and discrimination between ← 139 | 140 → host communities...

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