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By Sara Delamont

Appetites and Identities is a transparent, inviting and engaging creation to the social anthropology of western Europe. It covers nutrients, migration, politics, city and nation lifestyles, magic, faith, intercourse and language in an obtainable and easy style, introducing the scholar to elements of the anthropology of up to date ecu tradition from mussel farmers within the Netherlands to Basque chambermaids in Lourdes, and from unsatisfied bachelors in western eire to unwitchers in Portugal.Avoiding the technical language of many anthropological textbooks, Appetites and Identities units out the anthropological literature at the wealthy variety of dialects, cultures and daily lives of western ecu humans, supplying attention-grabbing insights on how each one area and group differs from its opposite numbers regardless of the concept of an built-in Europe. The booklet will stimulate interest approximately social anthropological research, and approximately lifestyles in Europe this day.

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While today Cretan and Naxiote sheep stealing is a contest of symbolic importance, mountain-dwellers told Stewart (1991:265) that in the past theft was a response to poverty, ‘we were hungry and so we stole to eat’: taking sheep from richer villages in the lowlands. Berger (1986) in his account of Sardinian shepherds reports similar patterns of animal theft on that island. 24 Appetites and identities Anthropologists working in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s are told repeatedly that things have improved, in that few people are hungry.

Only a family in good housing will contemplate a reception from home from choice so the financial standing of the bride’s father is displayed by the setting of the reception, against which the home-produced food is a kind of ‘symbolic’ economy, negated by the expensive food items in it. To summarise: the message system of the two kinds of wedding reception is that ‘traditional working class’ and ‘middle-class superwoman’ have produced two rather different kinds of bride. ) Similar analyses can be done of appropriate food for funerals, for christenings, for wedding anniversary parties and so on.

G. Franklin, 1969; Mendras, 1970; Bailey, 1971b) and it is equally possible that urban unemployment may send people back to a rural existence where at least they eat. ‘Peasant’ has negative connotations in English, implying stupidity, backwardness and ignorance. It is not used in that sense here, merely as a shorthand for a subsistence family-based farming. Before the detailed material on fishing, herding and farming, the basic issue of regional inequalities needs to be sketched. g. g. western Ireland, the Mani peninsula of Greece).

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