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CARMO, Maria Silvia Micelli do  and  PASSOS, Maria Consuêlo. The italian immigrant women and the use of the food: a transitioning experience. Mental [online]. 2005, vol.3, n.5, pp. 129-141. ISSN 1679-4427.

The approach of this study is the use of food as the mechanism for facilitating the insertion of italian immigrant women in the Brazilian culture. Uses the Winnicott theory, specially the transitioning concept to develop an understanding of these women's experiences. Based o two italian women interviews, it is possible to understand that offering their ancenstrals and villages typical food to the people they cohabit, there was a possibility to be inserted on the new social reality. Food worked as a transitional space between old and new world.

Keywords : Immigrant woman; Transitioning; Italian food; New culture; Insertion.

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