Excessive hospitality : personhood, moral boundaries and domination around the Georgian table

Show full item record



Permalink

http://hdl.handle.net/10138/327938

Citation

Curro , C 2020 , ' Excessive hospitality : personhood, moral boundaries and domination around the Georgian table ' , Journal of Consumer Culture , vol. 20 , no. 2 , pp. 216-234 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1469540519891278

Title: Excessive hospitality : personhood, moral boundaries and domination around the Georgian table
Author: Curro, Costanza
Contributor organization: Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies
Date: 2020-01-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Journal of Consumer Culture
ISSN: 1469-5405
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1469540519891278
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/327938
Abstract: This article investigates the making of personhood through conspicuous hospitality practices in the Republic of Georgia, focusing on how this process has underpinned moral boundary drawing in Georgia’s recent history – from the late Soviet era, through the 1990s, to the years following the Rose Revolution in 2003. Largely perceived and defined as tradition by local people and external observers, hospitality is a powerful device to organise social relationships and exchanges in the community. Excess is a fundamental feature of hospitality practices: people spend many hours around the table displaying, offering and consuming plenty of food and alcoholic drinks and engaging in conspicuous bodily gestures and speech. Analysing literary and media sources and data collected through participant observation and follow-up interviews, the article explores the way in which shifting moral boundaries drawn upon hospitality practices have transformed domination and counter-domination patterns in Georgian society. From a unifying marker of Georgians’ positive distinctiveness vis-a-vis other people, hospitality’s excesses became a token of increasing socio-economic inequality. The analysis contributes to the understanding of consumption, especially in its excessive aspects, as a fundamental element in the making of individual and collective personhood, which, in turn, shapes boundaries of exclusion and inclusion within and across smaller and larger communities.
Subject: 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
Hospitality
Georgia
Personhood
Domination
Food
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion


Files in this item

Total number of downloads: Loading...

Files Size Format View
4._Curro_Hospitality_excesses_in_Georgia_CC.pdf 759.0Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record