Naming practices in Singapore's hawker centres: Echoes of itineracy

Leimgruber, Jakob R. E.. (2020) Naming practices in Singapore's hawker centres: Echoes of itineracy. In: Talking about food: The social and the global in eating communities. Amsterdam, pp. 235-255.

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A hawker is an itinerant salesperson, formerly typically ubiquitous in most urban environments. Despite the popular and useful services they provide, they are often viewed with suspicion. Starting in the 1960s, the government of Singapore has begun to sedentarise the trade into purpose-built 'hawker centres' that house individual stalls of foods in a covered area fitted with electrical, gas, and water connections as well as seating space and sanitary facilities. This food hygiene drive has resulted in a permanent immobilisation of the hawker trade. This chapter considers the naming practices of 211 hawker stalls in four centres to reveal patterns (in the use of languages, scripts, and geographical references) that challenge the imposed immobility and evoke memories of actual hawking.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > English Linguistics (Locher)
UniBasel Contributors:Leimgruber, Jakob R. E.
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Series Name:Studies in Language, Culture and Society
Issue Number:47
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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