Cheap Meat: Flap Food Nations in the Pacific Islands / Edition 1

Cheap Meat: Flap Food Nations in the Pacific Islands / Edition 1

by Deborah Gewertz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520260929

ISBN-13: 9780520260924

Pub. Date: 02/08/2010

Publisher: University of California Press


Cheap Meat follows the controversial trade in inexpensive fatty cuts of lamb or mutton, called “flaps,” from the farms of New Zealand and Australia to their primary markets in the Pacific islands of Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Fiji. Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington address the evolution of the meat trade itself along with the changing

Overview


Cheap Meat follows the controversial trade in inexpensive fatty cuts of lamb or mutton, called “flaps,” from the farms of New Zealand and Australia to their primary markets in the Pacific islands of Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Fiji. Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington address the evolution of the meat trade itself along with the changing practices of exchange in Papua New Guinea. They show that flaps—which are taken from the animals’ bellies and are often 50 percent fat—are not mere market transactions but evidence of the social nature of nutrition policies, illustrating and reinforcing Pacific Islanders’ presumed second-class status relative to the white populations of Australia and New Zealand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520260924
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction - What's Not on Our Plates

1. Thinking about Meat
2. Making Flaps
3. Trading Meat
4. Papua New Guinea's Flaps
5. Smiles and Shrugs, Worried Eyes and Sighs
6. Pacific Island Flaps

Conclusion - One Supersize Does Not Fit All: Flap Versus Mac
Notes
References
Index

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