Anthropology of Food
The Social Dynamics of Food Security
By (author) Johan Pottier
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Anthropology of Food by Johan Pottier
Book DescriptionIn this new book, Pottier provides an incisive account of food production and famine in the world today. Drawing on the work of anthropologists and other sources, he offers a wide-ranging account of the methods used to produce and distribute food in a variety of cultural and historical contexts, from India to sub-Saharan Africa.Pottier examines the way that interested parties such as multinational food companies, governments and NGOs intervene in the practices of food production throughout the world. He shows the dangerous gap which often exists between the everyday struggles of farmers and the actions of policy makers. Development goals and scientific principles can themselves contribute to unreliable food supply, and agricultural officials too often ignore the knowledge and expertise of those whose sources of food are unstable. They displace local practices, producing a loss of diversity and security. Anthropology of Food examines in detail the viewpoints of people whose food resources are insecure, exploring their perceptions of the value of land, of farm labor organization, of the way markets operate, of famine relief campaigns, and of the shape and impact of agrarian development policies. He compares these views with the impact of theories adopted by policy-makers, and reflects on the direction of future empirical research and policy-making, stressing that it is the moral responsibility of researchers to be aware of the social dynamics of food security.This book will appeal to second- and third-year undergraduates and postgraduates in the fields of anthropology, development studies, human nutrition, human geography, and public policy studies. It will also be of great interest to policy makers responsible for rural development and food security.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745615349
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 24-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Johan Pottier
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Pottier examines how a persuasive analysis of the situation in Rwanda exacerbated the original crisis.
Participating in Development, Paperback (July 2002)
This thought- provoking and challenging collection focuses on how anthropologists can define and use indigenous knowledge without compromising anthropological expectations.
Practising Development, Hardback (December 1992)» View all books by Johan Pottier
Throughout the 1980s there have been calls for the incorporation of social science perspectives into the design and management of sustainable development programmes. This book offers first-hand critical assessments of the success and failures found within actual responses to these calls.
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Author Biography - Johan Pottier
Johan Pottier is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS.
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