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

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Could easily become a food studies classic. . . . A compelling and informative read."—Material World

"Valuable book for a range of academic interests including human rights, photography and journalism, and the history of South Africa and apartheid."—Times Higher Education

"A fascinating study about a distasteful topic."—Pacific Affairs

"An engaging narrative. . . . Will be of interest to a broad audience."—American Journal of Human Biology

Material World

“Could easily become a food studies classic. . . . A compelling and informative read.”
Times Higher Education - Paul Lowe

“Valuable book for a range of academic interests including human rights, photography and journalism, and the history of South Africa and apartheid.”
Pacific Affairs - Eric K. Silverman

“A fascinating study about a distasteful topic.”
American Journal Of Human Biology - Geoffrey C. Marks

“An engaging narrative. . . . Will be of interest to a broad audience.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520260924
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Deborah Gewertz is G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Amherst College. Frederick Errington is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Among their many books are Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea: The Telling of Difference and Yali's Question: Sugar, Culture, and History.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction What's Not on Our Plates 1

1 Thinking about Meat 12

2 Making Flaps 29

3 Trading Meat 53

4 Papua New Guinea's Flaps 72

5 Smiles and Shrugs, Worried Eyes and Sighs 96

6 Pacific Island Flaps 117

Conclusion One Supersize Does Not Fit All: Flap Versus Mac 148

Notes 167

References 193

Index 209

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