For my research, I will focus on the ways that the Wembley Whopper and the Super Fisheries Gatsby reflect transformations in the apartheid state’s policy on the production of bread from 1950-1980. Presently, The Wembley Roadhouse and Super Fisheries have cemented themselves as food institutions on the periphery of the city in the suburb of Athlone. These establishments emerge in the 1970’s on the backdrop of political and economic upheaval, trauma, and violence. Communities were forcefully relocated. Families were fragmented across distant parts of the cape peninsula. The city became a distant place of work that people commuted to. The shifting labour market, work schedule, and political climate resulted in the reconfiguration of bread into the shape of the  whopper and the gatsby. Bread, that could be conveniently  and communally eaten. Arguably, the emergence of the burger and the gatsby on the backdrop of the state regulated and standardized white bread; ushered in and opened up new kinds of eating habits and consumption patterns which constituted the basis of a different kind of citizenship, a culinary citizenship.

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