Cookbooks: A Tool for Engaged Research

Bagelman, Jen and Nunez Silva, Mariana and Bagelman, Carly (2017) Cookbooks: A Tool for Engaged Research. GeoHumanities: Space, Place and the Humanities, 3 (2). pp. 371-395. ISSN Print ISSN: 2373-566X Online ISSN: 2373-5678

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Cookbooks are not just about cooking. As scholars from various disciplines have long argued, cookbooks are emotive texts that play an active role in shaping norms about belonging, gender, class, race, and sexuality. This article suggests that although cookbooks are widely analyzed as vibrant sites of social, cultural, and geopolitical production, they are overlooked as a valuable method for doing engaged research. Grounded in practice, this article explores how cookbooks might be mobilized as an arts-based, collaborative academic research tool. By way of demonstration, this article shares how we (a collective of activists, academics, artists, and temporary foreign workers) used a cookbook to gather testimony, build solidarity, and politicize Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. By sharing our cookbook we hope to contribute to a growing area of research that stretches beyond traditional modes of dissemination and takes creative, lively form in ways that affirm the political lives of migrant communities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in GeoHumanities [25th October 2017], available online at:"
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Carly Bagelman
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 17:29
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 10:26

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