September 2013
Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Socie;Autumn2013, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p33
Academic Journal
Finnish food culture is not widely examined in anthropology. This report w draw upon fieldwork in northern Finland to examine the nature and implications of the Finnish passion for summer strawberries. It will contextualize this within the broader body of research on culturally highly valued food (e.g. Mintz 198 and Sahlins 1978). It will argue that (as in other examples I will highlight from other cultures in relation to different foods) a number of important shifts in the history of Finnish culture can be discerned by studying the society's relationship with the strawberry. In particular, the popularity of the strawberry appears to reflect the shift from an agrarian to an industrial society, though we will also note continuity in terms of the strawberry's place in the Finnish psyche.


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