Sweetness and Power by Sidney Wilfred Mintz
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Sweetness and Power
By Sidney Wilfred Mintz

Sweetness and Power

Place of Sugar in Modern History New edition

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Sweetness and Power by Sidney Wilfred Mintz

Book Description

"Shows how the intelligent analysis of the history of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior." The New York Review of Books ."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140092332
ISBN-10: 0140092331
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Nov-1986
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Birth of African-American Culture by Sidney Wilfred Mintz Birth of African-American Culture, Paperback (July 1992)

This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.

Caribbean Contours by Sidney Wilfred Mintz Caribbean Contours, Paperback (April 1985)

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Reviews

US Kirkus Review » For anthropologist Mintz (Johns Hopkins), sugar - a subject to which he was drawn during conventional Caribbean fieldwork - has been the stimulus toward a radical realignment of his anthropological horizons. Here it is the focus for several sorts of analysis. Of greatest interest to general readers will be a couple of long chapters tracing the development of modern sugar production and consumption - with special emphasis on 1) the British plantation system as a slave-based precursor of capitalist production forms and 2) the remarkable transformation of sugar from rare spice or token of wealth and power to one of the chief caloric props (in conjunction with such other "drug foods" as chocolate, coffee, and especially tea) of the British working-class diet. These sections, cogently pulling together material from important studies in the history of labor, diet, and technology as well as histories of the sugar industry itself, are good enough to make one wish that Mintz had simply essayed a general introduction to sugar through recent ages. As it is, he goes on to wrestle with more directly ethnological implications - the social meanings that this addictive source of instant calories gradually acquired in the "food rituals" of consumers from progressively lower social strata, the ongoing 20th-century rearrangement or derangement of "the structures of meals and the calendar of daily diet" by what one observer calls "gastro-anomie." Here too there is plenty of challenging insight, but also a curiously labored progression of thought with repetitive formulations of the same ideas, suggesting something unsolved in this particular attempt to bridge the gap between anthropology and social history. Interesting if only partly successful. (Kirkus Reviews)


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