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Comfort FoodMeanings and Memories$
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Michael Owen Jones and Lucy M. Long

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810847

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810847.001.0001

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

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

(p.82) Going for Doughboys in Little Rhody: Class, Place, and Nostalgia
Comfort Food

Alicia Kristen

University Press of Mississippi

“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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