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Feeding (and Eating): Reflections on Strathern's 'Eating (and Feeding)'

Carlos Fausto and Luiz Costa

Keywords: Amazonia; commensality; feeding; ownership; pets; predation

Abstract

Drawing on Marilyn Strathern's comparative insights on eating and feeding, we explore the difference between giving food and eating together in Amazonia. These two elementary modes of alimentary life have often been conflated in the Amazonian literature. We distinguish between them by asking what these acts produce, what agentive capacities and perspectives they evince, and what kind of relationships they configure.

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