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|Title:||Diplomatic gastronomy: style and power at the table|
|Citation:||Food and Foodways, 2012; 20(2):146-166|
|School/Discipline:||School of History and Politics|
|Abstract:||When world leaders sit together over a meal, much more can be communicated than their conversation. Typically, the event itself is more important than the food on their plates. A diplomatic meal can have the ceremonial splendor and protocol of a state dinner or the quiet power of a working lunch—but the symbolism embedded in both has potential to impact geopolitical issues. All commensality signals information to the individuals at table, including messages of status and symbolic kinship. The symbolism inherent in any shared meal has the ability not only to create relationships but to define them as well. As ubiquitous tools in the art of statecraft, diplomatic meals give participants and planners the opportunity to predict, identify, and fully understand the subtle messages such occasions create. A solid understanding of the semiotics of diplomatic gastronomy will allow researchers to decode and analyze state dinners and other diplomatically significant meals. This article explores the complex nature of semiotics associated with diplomatic gastronomy by examining four dining events hosted by American president John F. Kennedy.|
|Rights:||Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC|
|Appears in Collections:||History publications|
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