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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The Anthropology of Food is an impressive survey anddiscussion of recent anthropological research on the lack of fitbetween the lived realities of those who suffer food shortages andthe perceptions of interested policy makers. It is also anexcellent appraisal of the relevant literature. This book willcertainly be highly recommended reading on postgraduate courses inanthropology, development studies, human nutrition, human geographyand public policy.' Jeremy MacClancy, Oxford BrookesUniversity

'This well-intentioned volume highlights what local contextualanalysis by anthropologists can contribute to food-policy design,implementation and evaluation ... Anthropologists are alreadyproducing more and better studies about the diverse household andcommunity impacts of development discourses and decision-making ...Pottier's work adds significantly to these efforts.' EuropeanJournal 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


1. In Search of Relevance: Anthropology in the ContemporaryWorld.

2. Food Security in Policy and Practice.

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

4. Labor Organization on Smallholder Farms: Structure andDiversity.

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

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

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

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

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




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