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.



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






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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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