Anthropology of Food: The Social Dynamics of Food Security / Edition 1

Anthropology of Food: The Social Dynamics of Food Security / Edition 1

by Johan Pottier
     
 

In this new book, Pottier provides an incisive account of food production and famine in the world today. Drawing on the work of anthropologists and other sources, he offers a wide-ranging account of the methods used to produce and distribute food in a variety of cultural and historical contexts, from India to sub-Saharan Africa.

Pottier examines the way that

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In this new book, Pottier provides an incisive account of food production and famine in the world today. Drawing on the work of anthropologists and other sources, he offers a wide-ranging account of the methods used to produce and distribute food in a variety of cultural and historical contexts, from India to sub-Saharan Africa.

Pottier examines the way that interested parties such as multinational food companies, governments and NGOs intervene in the practices of food production throughout the world. He shows the dangerous gap which often exists between the everyday struggles of farmers and the actions of policy makers. Development goals and scientific principles can themselves contribute to unreliable food supply, and agricultural officials too often ignore the knowledge and expertise of those whose sources of food are unstable. They displace local practices, producing a loss of diversity and security.

Anthropology of Food examines in detail the viewpoints of people whose food resources are insecure, exploring their perceptions of the value of land, of farm labor organization, of the way markets operate, of famine relief campaigns, and of the shape and impact of agrarian development policies. He compares these views with the impact of theories adopted by policy-makers, and reflects on the direction of future empirical research and policy-making, stressing that it is the moral responsibility of researchers to be aware of the social dynamics of food security.

This book will appeal to second- and third-year undergraduates and postgraduates in the fields of anthropology, development studies, human nutrition, human geography, and public policy studies. It will also be of great interest to policy makers responsible for rural development and food security.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745615349
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/02/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1In Search of Relevance: Anthropology in the Contemporary World1
2Food Security in Policy and Practice11
3Land and Livelihood: Land Ownership, Access, Reform and Research Responsibilities41
4Labour Organization on Smallholder Farms: Structure and Diversity71
5Playing the Food Market: Actual Markets, Moralities and Social Engineering98
6The Politics of Identity: Agri-business and Agri-culture123
7Famine Relief, Famine Prevention: Whose Analysis? Whose Solutions? Whose Patronage?142
8Attractive Simplicity? The Shape of Modern Agricultural Research and Policy168
9State of Play: Anthropology, Food Security, and New Directions in Research188
Notes198
Bibliography204
Index227

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