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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Democratic Liberalism in South Africa: Its History and Prospect - Jeffrey Butlercoeditor and contributor
[Using] a vast geographical and temporal range of material, Diana Wylie has produced a readable and challenging study, casting new light on African nutrition, health, and agricultural practice. This is an informative work on the thought of missionaries, doctors, administrators, and social scientists, on the one hand, and of Africans in several contexts on the other.
Alan H. Jeeves
Dr. Wylie has written an illuminating and original book. Starving on a Full Stomach brings together intellectual and medical history in an impressive way, and has much that is new to say on the development of racism in South Africa, the impact on it of medical and social science research, and the politics of poverty and hunger.
Democratic Liberalism in South Africa: Its History and Prospect

[Using] a vast geographical and temporal range of material, Diana Wylie has produced a readable and challenging study, casting new light on African nutrition, health, and agricultural practice. This is an informative work on the thought of missionaries, doctors, administrators, and social scientists, on the one hand, and of Africans in several contexts on the other.

— Jeffrey Butlercoeditor and contributor

Democratic Liberalism in South Africa: Its History and Prospect
[Using] a vast geographical and temporal range of material, Diana Wylie has produced a readable and challenging study, casting new light on African nutrition, health, and agricultural practice. This is an informative work on the thought of missionaries, doctors, administrators, and social scientists, on the one hand, and of Africans in several contexts on the other.

— Jeffrey Butlercoeditor and contributor

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Meet the Author

Diana Wylie is Associate Professor of History at Boston University, and the author of A Little God: The Twilight of Patriarchy in a Southern African Chiefdom.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Hunger and Ideologies of Exclusion 1
Pt. 1 Cultural Racism's Fertile Ground
1 European Cultural Pride: An Evaluation 21
2 Before the Land Was Lost: African Food Culture in the Nineteenth Century 39
Pt. 2 The Benevolent Father: An Embattled Rationale for White Supremacy
3 The Politics of Famine: State Paternalism in Rural South Africa, 1910-1948 59
4 Scientific Paternalism: Hunger and the Measurement of Urban Poverty, 1910-1948 91
Pt. 3 People without Science: A Modern Rationale for White Supremacy
5 The Threat of "Race Deterioration": Nutritional Research in Industrial Context 127
6 Missionaries of Science: The Growth of the Malnutrition Syndrome, 1920-1960 163
Pt. 4 The Triumph of Scientism and Cultural Essentialism
7 Denial and Coercion: The State Response to the Malnutrition Syndrome, 1940s to 1960s 203
Epilogue: The Heritage of Disrespect 237
Notes 245
Bibliography 281
Index 299
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