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Migrant visibility, agency and identity work in hospitality enterprises


This article examines how migrants create value through food and hospitality-related enterprises, focusing on the ways in which they exercise their agency in mobilizing various cultural resources and on how their organizational practices intersect with identity work. Drawing on empirical research conducted in São Paulo, Brazil, the work explores how specific dishes, knowledge of foods, recipes, craft skills and migration histories are transformed into valued cultural resources in these realms of enterprise. The article explores three themes: first, how foods become “pliable heritage” through migrants’ identity work; second, how migrants’ ongoing identity work shapes their activities and experiences in food and hospitality businesses; and third, how migrants’ individual identity work is entangled in collective interests and the activities of a wider set of (migrant) stakeholders.

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Lugosi, Peter
Allis, Thiago
Ferreira, Marcos
Palacio Leite, Eanne
Pessoa, Aluizio
Forman, Ross

Oxford Brookes departments

Oxford School of Hospitality Management


Year of publication: 2022
Date of RADAR deposit: 2022-06-13

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