TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI, no.58, pp.139-152, 2011 (AHCI)
Food has an important role in the construction of individual status besides its crucial function of fulfilling the physiological needs of human beings. The construction of individual status on the basis of food and eating practices should be held in terms of symbolism of the culture. The constructed symbols in the social system have a remarkable importance in social relations that do not necessarily emerge out of the communication between the people in the process of interaction. The characteristic of the socio-cultural structure is the collectivity of people who use the same symbols and attributes the same meanings to the same acts and behaviours. Ceremonies and ceremonial meals have an important place at Cultural factors in the process of transfer. This study includes the evaluation of the role of social symbols as the products of social construction in the process of the legitimization of power and rule in the axis of food and eating practices in Turkish culture. In this study, the formation of the symbolic cases like the order of sitting and the share of food during the practice of eating in the steppe culture of Turkish nomadic communities on the basis of power, obedience and loyalty is to be evaluated. In this study, the effects of food on the period of communication among the individuals of the Turkish semi nomadic society have been taken into consideration and evaluated. In the scope of the study it has been focused on the differentiation in the presentation and supply of food and mentioned about the differentiation of nutrition in Turkish culture.