Food and the Status Quest: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

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Pauline Wilson Wiessner, Wulf Schiefenh÷vel
Berghahn Books, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 294 pages
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The use of food to negotiate status is found in all human societies. Here, for the first time, a single book brings together contributions from different disciplines to investigate, from ethological and anthropological perspectives, behavior that appears to have biological roots such as the tendency to seek status through the medium of food. It explores the limits that our biological heritage places on cultural expressions of such behavior, as well as the multiplicity of ways in which biologically based tendencies can be transformed by culture. Finally, it addresses the impact of status-seeking on nutritional programs in developing countries.

Polly Wiessner and Wulf Schiefenh├ vel are Senior Research Fellows at the Forschungsstellef├╝r Humanethologie, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

  

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Contents

The Ethological Bases of Status Hierarchies
19
The Evolution of Nurturant Dominance
33
Dominance Status Food Sharing
39
Food Sharing and Status in Unprovisioned Bonobos
47
The Function and Evolution
69
Feasts and Commensal Politics in
87
Feasting in Prehistoric and Traditional Societies
127
Food Production and Social Status as Documented
149
Constraints on
171
Food and the Status Quest in Five African Cultures
195
Food Competition and the Status of Food
219
Securing Staple Food
235
Food and Household Status in Nepal
253
Nutritional Security and the Status Quest
263
Notes on Contributors
277
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Schiefenhovel is Senior Research Fellow at the Forschungsstelle fur Humanethologie, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

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