Tradition, authenticity and expertise in and through Cypriot Easter flaounes

Charalambidou, Anna ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Tradition, authenticity and expertise in and through Cypriot Easter flaounes. Food & History, 17 (2-2019) . pp. 41-73. ISSN 1780-3187 [Article] (doi:10.1484/J.FOOD.5.121079)

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Flaounes are festive cheese pies that are widely produced and consumed at Eastertime in Cyprus. This article explores how preparing, consuming and evaluating flaounes is interactionally constructed in everyday practices and naturally occurring interactions, written accounts and ethnographic interviews with Greek Cypriot participants residing in various regions of Cyprus and in the UK diaspora. An ethnomethodological perspective to identities, culture and society is employed to provide analyses of the participants’ local understandings of themselves and their social world and of categorizations of authenticity, tradition and change in relation to flaounes. It is shown that members, even when addressing the cultural and historical significance of flaounes, problematize categorizations of authenticity, while they construct tradition as compatible with innovation and change. For participants, however, the categorizations that have more relevance and importance relate to the taste and quality of the flaounes and the expertise of the maker. Practices around flaounes offer a prime site for positive self-presentation, where performance of culinary expertise intersects with gendered roles and Cypriotness.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ISBN: 9782503582641
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 28694
Notes on copyright: © 2020. The author's accepted manuscript version is made available as per the publisher's green open access policy (with a 24 months) embargo:
This accepted manuscript version is distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.
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Depositing User: Anna Charalambidou
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 14:57
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2022 04:04

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