Jsme plne koblih : food and politics in the Czech Republic

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2020-09-11

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Heim, Tracy Lynn

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This report contributes to studies of food and politics in the Czech Republic by examining the context surrounding a single food product: a filled doughnut, or kobliha. Kobliha (plural koblihy) became a symbol of both Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s political campaign and a motif on signs used at protests against him. As a lens to examine modern politics in the Czech Republic, the koblihy reveal tensions around power, democracy, and the modern food system. Using anti-establishment political theories and a cultural hegemonic lens, the paper displays the importance of doughnuts in both the ANO political party and the Million Moments for Democracy (MMD) protest movement (2018-present) against its leader, Babiš.

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