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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The Anthropology of Food is an impressive survey and discussion of recent anthropological research on the lack of fit between the lived realities of those who suffer food shortages and the perceptions of interested policy makers. It is also an excellent appraisal of the relevant literature. This book will certainly be highly recommended reading on postgraduate courses in anthropology, development studies, human nutrition, human geography and public policy.' Jeremy MacClancy, Oxford Brookes University

'This well-intentioned volume highlights what local contextual analysis by anthropologists can contribute to food-policy design, implementation and evaluation ... Anthropologists are already producing more and better studies about the diverse household and community impacts of development discourses and decision-making ... Pottier's work adds significantly to these efforts.' European Journal of Development Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745615349
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/2/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Johan Pottier is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1. In Search of Relevance: Anthropology in the Contemporary World.

2. Food Security in Policy and Practice.

3. Land and Livelihood: Land Ownership, Access, Reform and Research Responsibilities.

4. Labor Organization on Smallholder Farms: Structure and Diversity.

5. Playing the Food Market: Actual Markets, Moralities and Social Engineering.

6. Politics of Identity: Agri-business and Agri-culture.

7. Famine Relief, Famine Prevention: Whose Analysis? Whose Solutions? Whose Patronage?.

8. Attractive Simplicity?: The Shape of Modern Agricultural Research and Policy.

9. State of Play: Anthropology, Food Security, and New Directions in Research.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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