David Anderson publishes an article on 'Cultures of Reciprocity and Control in the Circumpolar North
David Anderson is the author of an article in the Journal of Northern Studies on "Cultures of Reciprocity and Cultures of Control in the Circumpolar North".
This article surveys different cultures of engagement betweenpeople, animals, and the landscape across the circumpolar Arctic.Through ethnographic examples the article describes offering ritualsand placings in several Arctic contexts in the light of the emphasisthey place on affirming personhood. Similarly, rituals of managementand regulation are described in the terms of how they strive to createpredictability and control. The article tries to mediate this contrast byexamining “architectural” examples of co-operation and co-domesticationbetween humans, animals and landscapes. The article concludeswith a reflection on how the themes of “origins” and “animal rights”further reconstruct these dichotomies.