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Going for Doughboys in Little Rhody: Class, Place, and Nostalgia

Going for Doughboys in Little Rhody: Class, Place, and Nostalgia

Chapter:
(p.82) Going for Doughboys in Little Rhody: Class, Place, and Nostalgia
Source:
Comfort Food
Author(s):
Alicia Kristen
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496810847.003.0005

“Going for doughboys” defines the Rhode Islander summertime tradition of a holiday at the coast. Doughboys, made of sugar-coated fried dough, have a rich history embedded in Rhode Island’s seaside locations and the combined cultural heritage of settlers from England, Greece, Italy, and Portugal. While these ethnic heritages play a part in the nostalgic value of doughboys, their value as a comfort food comes from the social connections created among working-class Rhode Islanders consuming them together. Memories of “going for doughboys” thus provide an anchor by which Rhode Islanders of diverse ethnic backgrounds reify their shared regional identity.

Keywords:   Working class, Rhode Island, Place, Identity, Heritage

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