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.
Allis, ThiagoFerreira, MarcosPalacio Leite, Eanne Pessoa, AluizioForman, Ross
Oxford School of Hospitality Management
Year of publication: 2022Date of RADAR deposit: 2022-06-13