The confection of a nation: the social invention and social construction of the Pavlova

@article{Symons2010TheCO,
  title={The confection of a nation: the social invention and social construction of the Pavlova},
  author={Mick Symons},
  journal={Social Semiotics},
  year={2010},
  volume={20},
  pages={197 - 217}
}
  • Mick Symons
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Sociology
  • Social Semiotics
Both Australians and New Zealanders claim the Pavlova (a large meringue cake, covered in cream and fruit) as their national dish. The historical record does not settle its birthplace. On the contrary, published recipes reveal the complex process of social invention through the swapping of practical experience across both countries. The illusion of a singular creation can be explained by distinguishing a second, associated level of social construction. This applies to the more ideal processes… 

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