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The question of the impact of food supplyon food practices rises in a particularsociocultural environment—French Polynesia, an overseas territory—forged by a politicaland economic post-colonial system inferring a triple modality of food resources: monetaryincomes, public funds, and subsistence consumption. The comparison between twoPolynesian islands, Tahiti mostly central and urban and Rapa mostly peripheric and rural,highlights the variability of intracommunity food exchanges and symbolized socialmeanings. Rapa’s choice of food resources collective control is readable through theimportance of gifts, exchanges, and pooling food flows. The dimension of subsistenceconsumption, re-embedded in specific social temporality, allows local implementation ofan integrated model of resource management.

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