Sense of Place and Belonging in Times of Emergency

Food Practices of Haifa Residents During the Austerity Period

Goor Somer

Received MA in 2012. Sense of place and belonging are highly dependant on the social environment in which an individual is situated. This research aims to explore the ways these feelings manifest in time of emergency and stress, by way of examining how people experienced their daily life in a food economy highly regulated by the state. People from extremely varied backgrounds, Palestinian vs. Jews and immigrates vs. locals, had to make sense of a place in which a state of emergency brought forth the use of food allocation from above. Combining archival work with in depth interviews, the research aims to reconstruct sentiments that Haifa residents had during the 1950's.