Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa

Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa

by Diana Wylie

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Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa by Diana Wylie

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813920474
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication date: 07/29/2001
Series: Reconsiderations in Southern African History Series
Pages: 319
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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"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." -- Alan H. Jeeves, author of Migrant Labour in South Africa's Mining Economy and past president of the Canadian Association of African Studies

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.

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