Event Title

The Spanish Tapa: Understanding its Role Socially and Culturally Over Time

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of World Languages and Cultures

Honors Thesis Committee

Adam Glover, Ph.D.; Anna Igou, Ph.D.; and Scott Shinabargar, Ph.D.

Location

DIGS 114

Start Date

20-4-2018 4:00 PM

Description

While studying in Spain, I was introduced to a new form of food that interested me, the Spanish tapa. I became interested in this food after having gone to some of the Spanish restaurants and experienced first-hand the unique role they played in the development and construct of Spanish society, both socially and culturally. I began to suspect that, from the time of its origins to today, there must be something within the food that helps to keep the Spanish society so integrated and social. Research suggested that, in fact, the use of the tapa has evolved over time, and continues to affect not only Spain but also other countries, as it becomes more widely popular. I argue that the Spanish tapa is a vital component of Spanish culture, and that its role as a mere accompaniment to a drink to a social food has enhanced the Spanish society, as well. To test if the usage of the tapa has evolved within Spanish society, I used surveys sent to native Spaniards, asking questions about how their use of the tapa has changed over time. The research results support my claim that, while the idea is still traditional, the tapa is becoming more and more a social symbol, rather than just a food to eat. As time goes on and its popularity continues to spread, it will alter the way that food is used in other countries, as well.

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Apr 20th, 4:00 PM

The Spanish Tapa: Understanding its Role Socially and Culturally Over Time

DIGS 114

While studying in Spain, I was introduced to a new form of food that interested me, the Spanish tapa. I became interested in this food after having gone to some of the Spanish restaurants and experienced first-hand the unique role they played in the development and construct of Spanish society, both socially and culturally. I began to suspect that, from the time of its origins to today, there must be something within the food that helps to keep the Spanish society so integrated and social. Research suggested that, in fact, the use of the tapa has evolved over time, and continues to affect not only Spain but also other countries, as it becomes more widely popular. I argue that the Spanish tapa is a vital component of Spanish culture, and that its role as a mere accompaniment to a drink to a social food has enhanced the Spanish society, as well. To test if the usage of the tapa has evolved within Spanish society, I used surveys sent to native Spaniards, asking questions about how their use of the tapa has changed over time. The research results support my claim that, while the idea is still traditional, the tapa is becoming more and more a social symbol, rather than just a food to eat. As time goes on and its popularity continues to spread, it will alter the way that food is used in other countries, as well.