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We see famine and look for the likely causes: poor food distribution, unstable regimes, caprices of weather. A technical problem, we tell ourselves, one that modern social and natural science will someday resolve. Jenny Edkins responds to the contrary: famine in the contemporary world is not the antithesis of modernity but its symptom. A critical investigation of hunger, famine, and aid practices in international politics, Whose Hunger? shows how modernity frames our understanding of famine—and, consequently, shapes our responses. Edkins examines Malthus and the origins of famine theory in notions of scarcity. Drawing on the work of Lacan, de Waal, Foucault, Zizek, and particularly Derrida, she considers Amartya Sen’s entitlement approach, the Band Aid/Live Aid events, and food for work projects in Eritrea as examples of the technologization and repoliticization of famine. From the politics of famine to the practices of aid, from the theories of modernity to the complex emergencies of modern life, from the broad view to the telling detail, this searching book takes us closer to a clear understanding of some of the worst ravages of our time.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. 1. Pictures of Hunger
  2. pp. 24-37
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  1. 2. The Emergence of Famine in Modernity
  2. pp. 38-65
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  1. 3. Availability and Entitlement
  2. pp. 66-89
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  1. 4. Practices of Aid
  2. pp. 90-125
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  1. 5. Response and Responsibility
  2. pp. 126-151
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  1. 6. Complex Emergency and (Im)possible Politics
  2. pp. 152-175
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 176-183
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 184-229
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 230-247
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 248-260
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816666195
Related ISBN
9780816635061
MARC Record
OCLC
741926440
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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