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Consuming IdentityThe Role of Food in Redefining the South$
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Ashli Quesinberry Stokes and Wendy Atkins-Sayre

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496809186

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496809186.001.0001

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Sipping on Southern Hospitality

Sipping on Southern Hospitality

Drink as Rhetorical Invitation

(p.79) Chapter Three Sipping on Southern Hospitality
Consuming Identity

Ashli Que Sinberry Stokes

Wendy Atkins-Sayre

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter three introduces the idea of hospitality in the South through an exploration of drinks. Although the idea of Southern hospitality is emphasized in stereotypes of the region, there is also some basis in truth. The offering of food and drink is a traditional symbolic gesture of Southern hospitality and serves as a rhetorical opening for creating connections. In a region marked by division, however, race, class, and even religious differences have historically complicated Southern hospitality, inviting some in while keeping others out. The hospitality that is symbolic of the region was (and still is) limited to certain recipients. Events and homes remained segregated and hospitality might only be extended to those who shared characteristics with the host. Religion also plays an important role in defining part of the contradictions in Southern hospitality. Thus, the limitations of this part of Southern identity are explored in the chapter.

Keywords:   Hospitality, Rhetorical connection, Division, Symbolic, identity

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