An Ethnography of Hunger

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In An Ethnography of Hunger Kristin D. Phillips examines how rural farmers in central Tanzania negotiate the interconnected projects of subsistence, politics, and rural development. Writing against stereotypical Western media images of spectacular famine in Africa, she examines how people live with—rather than die from—hunger. Through tracing the seasonal cycles of drought, plenty, and suffering and the political cycles of elections, development, and state extraction, Phillips studies hunger as a pattern of relationships and practices that organizes access to food and profoundly shapes agrarian lives and livelihoods. Amid extreme inequality and unpredictability, rural people pursue subsistence by alternating between—and sometimes combining—rights and reciprocity, a political form that she calls "subsistence citizenship." Phillips argues that studying subsistence is essential to understanding the persistence of global poverty, how people vote, and why development projects succeed or fail.


Preface



Acknowledgements



Introduction: Subsistence Citizenship




PART I: The Frames of Subsistence in Singida: Cosmology, Ethnography, History



Chapter 1 Hunger in Relief: Village Life and Livelihood



Chapter 2 The Unpredictable Grace of the Sun:



Cosmology, Conquest, and the Politics of Subsistence




PART II: The Power of the Poor on the Threshold of Subsistence



Chapter 3 We Shall Meet at the Pot of Ugali:



Sociality, Differentiation, and Diversion in the Distribution of Food



Chapter 4 Crying, Denying, and Surviving Rural Hunger




PART III: Subsistence Citizenship



Chapter 5 Subsistence versus Development



Chapter 6 Patronage, Rights, and the Idioms of Rural Citizenship




Conclusion: The Seasons of Subsistence and Citizenship



Notes



Bibliography



Index

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Date de parution 29 août 2018
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9780253038395
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 1 Mo

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