The purpose of this research project is to relate spatial and social processes under way in the city of São Paulo from the late 19th century, examining them from the presence and activities of foreigners who constitute, in their practices and social networks, the city itself. We face this topic prioritizing issues related to dietary practices of foreigners, their incorporation into local eating habits and the insertion of these foreigners in trading places so established in the city. A few issues define the routes of proposed research:Who were these residents and how they built their daily lives, their identities and were defining the possible uses of the region and the city? That social arrangements built mix, poor immigrants, urban service providers and groups of a middle class? How, in spite of the transformations of its residents, the neighborhood is associated with permanently the image of Italians? As the construction of a place through sharable social practices as feeding allows us to understand about the construction of the foreigner and the imagination of a city that makes the incorporation of Metropolis some legacies and by erasing the ethnic distinction marks? As these food practices make it possible to understand the joints between the neighborhoods and the city and between the city and the sites of origin.We will examine the food and commercial practices built by foreigners in a perspective that takes as central to globalisation of markets generating new forms remnants of contacts and cultural exchanges as well as the dissemination of products and food practices on a global scale.
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