Peixe, patria e possibilidades Portuguesas: "fish, homeland, and Portuguese possibilities"

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This essay explores the relationship between food and identity performances within a segment of a Portuguese transnational community with social, economic, and political ties to both the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, and many of the rural villages of Portugal. I examine how some Portuguese-Americans in Newark's Ironbound use bacalhau (salt cod) to perform their identities. Combining ethnographic, historical, and historiographic research methods, I consider how bacalhau operates within a complex system of performance practices and epistemologies through which many Portuguese-Americans situate themselves in relation to past, present, and future time and space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-76
Number of pages17
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Food
  • Gender
  • Identity
  • Portuguese
  • Transnational

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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