Vaté V., Davydova E. A. Food, Emotions and Social Relations among the Amguema Chukchi

Virginie Vaté
French National Centre for Scientific Research (C.N.R.S),
Centre français de recherches en sciences sociales (CEFRES, UMIFRE 13, USR 3138, CNRS-MEAE)
Prague, Czech Republic
Groupe «Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités» (GSRL, UMR 8582, CNRS-EPHE / PSL Research University)
Paris, France

Elena A. Davidova
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Saint Petersburg, Russia


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ABSTRACT. In this article, we provide some insight into the emotional aspects of food preparation and consumption among the Amguema Chukchi. It constitutes an attempt to initiate a dialogue between archival and field material collected in the same area of Chukotka but at two different times (1948–1951 and 1999–2005). After giving an overview of the types of food valued and their importance for the feeling of satiation they provide, we show how people, through food distribution and consumption, express emotions, feelings, desires, and also social relations and hierarchical positions. In this context we view food as a “language” that can transfer information in a community. This analysis reveals the importance of the person who distributes food resources and who thereby has the power to express his/her emotions, desires, judgments and thereby influences the actions of other people. In this way, the distributor affects both physical contentment of individuals and the development of social relations in the community. 

KEYWORDS: representations of food, taste and satiation, communication, social relations, Amguema, Chukotka  

УДК 39:641/642(=551.1)
DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2018-2-119-126



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