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Examining the problem of hunger in the modern world and the role public opinion might play in combating it, Drèze and Sen here provide a coherent perspective on the complex nutritional, economic, social, and political issues involved in the analysis of hunger. They explore famine prevention through a series of case studies in Africa and elsewhere, and discuss the problem of chronic undernourishment. Sen was awarded the second Agnelli Prize for the Ethical Dimension in Advanced Societies in March 1990 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the understanding of the ethical dimension in modern society.

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"A careful, scholarly approach to a complex, often emotion-laden topic."—Dr. Patricia Giblin Wolman, Winthrop University

"[A]n outstanding scholarly work on a subject of vital importance....a comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the twin problems of endemic hunger and famine. It pays particular attention to the position of women, discussing female disadvantage and gender bias—both intra- and extra-household....It emphasizes the role of institutions other than the state in the prevention of hunger and famine....The study is remarkably rich in both scope and detail: it is a formidable contribution to the literature which deserves wide and careful reading."—Journal of Economic Literature

"Major and important....It is an impressive synthesis and analysis of an immense number of background studies...and of an almost incredible number of commentators who presumably offered their observations, counsel, and suggestions."—Journal of Developing Areas

"The signal importance of the the brilliant synthesis of worldwide experience by two well-known economists who are committed to eradicating hunger."—Choice

"Their clarity, depth, and common sense are nothing short of path-breaking....The comparative miracles by showing that famine and hunger are easily prevented....This is a very satisfying book."—Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198283652
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/14/1991
  • Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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London School of Economics

Trinity College, Cambridge

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