This article presents a series of perspectives on the importance of plant names and aspects of the power relations involved in naming, for individuals and groups in Europe and the Russian Far East. The aim of the discussion is to explore how the process of naming plants, affects, and is affected by, social and ethnic identity. The first section of the article discusses different plant naming traditions in Europe, the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the rise of scientific methodologies and the Linnean system. The second part of this article is a discussion of the different naming traditions in Udege, Nanai and Sakha communities in the Russian Far East. The emphasis of this second section is on exploring the history of naming traditions in these communities and how the variety of naming traditions current in the region helps to define social and ethnic identity.
How to Cite:
Anderson, S., (2001) “Plant Names, Politics and Identity: ‘a rose would smell as sweet by any other name...’”, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 12, 26-34. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/pia.166