WEBS OF SHARING: INDIVIDUAL AND HOUSEHOLD DETERMINATES OF FOOD SHARING

Description: This project explores naturalistic food distributions in relationship to existing social networks and inter-individual and household variability in social status. Communities often gather for public feasts and the food produced at these events is distributed following culturally proscribed social rankings. Individuals then further distribute food resources, often meat, to their kin and social partners. Thus, the webs of food sharing from ritual feats represent an opportunity to study real-world social networks linked to actual behavior, rather than self-reported information.

 

This project integrates observational, economic, and behavioral-ecological data to address outstanding questions on social networks, food transfers and social hierarchy. 

Field site: Hamar

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