The burek as a meal and metaphor : food, migration and identity between "Orient" and "Occident"

Source document: Porta Balkanica. 2020, vol. 11, iss. 1-2, pp. [62]-75
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This research paper discusses the burek, a pastry that is a popular everyday staple in the Balkans and nowadays also widely available fast-food in Central Europe. I approach this topic from the perspective of anthropology of food with a focus on the "social life of things" and "migration journeys" of various food items across time and space. I pay special attention to the historical changes of social meaning of various edibles with a focus on the burek and other variants of the pita. The burek is central not only to everyday diet, but it is an inseparable component of festivities and rites in the Balkans and beyond. At the same time, the burek often comes up in everyday conversations, is an important topic in public political discourses and integral to aphorisms, metaphors and jokes.
  • This study was supported by a long term conceptual development of the research organisation RVO: 68378076.
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