Starving On A Full Stomach Starving On A Full Stomach / Edition 1

Starving On A Full Stomach Starving On A Full Stomach / Edition 1

by Diana Wylie
     
 

ISBN-10: 081392068X

ISBN-13: 9780813920689

Pub. Date: 07/01/2001

Publisher: University of Virginia

An ideology of African ignorance that justified white supremacy grew up in South Africa during the first half of the twentieth century: if Africans were hungry, it was because they didn't know how to feed themselves properly; they were ignorant of "how to live." As a result, growing scientistic impatience with African culture reconciled many white South

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An ideology of African ignorance that justified white supremacy grew up in South Africa during the first half of the twentieth century: if Africans were hungry, it was because they didn't know how to feed themselves properly; they were ignorant of "how to live." As a result, growing scientistic impatience with African culture reconciled many white South Africans to the harsh policies of apartheid.

In Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa, Diana Wylie tells the story of the foods Africans ate and the maladies they suffered, while she shows the ways in which doctors and politicians understood and acted upon those experiences in modern African life.

Wylie compares South Africa's food history with that of medieval Europe and modern America, and concludes by presenting some surprising similarities. Starving on a Full Stomach provides both a warning and a provocative framework that forces us to look at the continuing potential for misunderstanding and mismanagement of today's medical and food crises.

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813920689
Publisher:
University of Virginia
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Series:
Reconsiderations in Southern African History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Hunger and Ideologies of Exclusion1
Pt. 1Cultural Racism's Fertile Ground
1European Cultural Pride: An Evaluation21
2Before the Land Was Lost: African Food Culture in the Nineteenth Century39
Pt. 2The Benevolent Father: An Embattled Rationale for White Supremacy
3The Politics of Famine: State Paternalism in Rural South Africa, 1910-194859
4Scientific Paternalism: Hunger and the Measurement of Urban Poverty, 1910-194891
Pt. 3People without Science: A Modern Rationale for White Supremacy
5The Threat of "Race Deterioration": Nutritional Research in Industrial Context127
6Missionaries of Science: The Growth of the Malnutrition Syndrome, 1920-1960163
Pt. 4The Triumph of Scientism and Cultural Essentialism
7Denial and Coercion: The State Response to the Malnutrition Syndrome, 1940s to 1960s203
Epilogue: The Heritage of Disrespect237
Notes245
Bibliography281
Index299

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