Title

Fast Food at the White House: Framing Foodways, Class, and American Identity

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-23-2020

Publication Title

Western Folklore

Volume

80

Issue

1

Abstract

In January 2019, President Donald Trump invited the 2019 College Football Playoff National Champions, the Clemson Tigers, to the White House and served them fast food. This article examines how, in the context of this political spectacle, different meanings attached to the category of fast food were deployed in relation to discourses of class and “American-ness.” Attending both to how fast food was performed by the president and how this performance was evaluated on Twitter, this article demonstrates that approaching foodways through the lens of performance can help us understand the ways in which differing ideas about core American values are envisioned, articulated, and negotiated.

Keywords

Culinary Nationalism; Fast Food; Foodways; Social Class; United States

Disciplines

Anthropology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology

Language

English


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