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The 1840s witnessed widespread hunger and malnutrition at home and mass starvation in Ireland. And yet the aptly named ‘Hungry 40s’ came amidst claims that, notwithstanding Malthusian prophecies, absolute biological want had been eliminated in England. The eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries were supposedly the period in which the threat of famine lifted for the peoples of England. But hunger remained, in the words of Marx, an ‘unremitted pressure’. The politics of hunger offers the first systematic analysis of the ways in which hunger continued to be experienced and feared, both as a lived and constant spectral presence. It also examines how hunger was increasingly used as a disciplining device in new modes of governing the population. Drawing upon a rich archive, this innovative and conceptually-sophisticated study throws new light on how hunger persisted as a political and biological force.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Tables and figures
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: ‘The unremitted pressure’: On hunger politics
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I Protesting hunger
  1. Food riots and the languages of hunger
  2. pp. 25-54
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  1. The persistence of the discourse of starvation in the protests of the poor
  2. pp. 55-82
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  1. Part II Hunger policies
  1. Measuring need: Speenhamland, hunger and universal pauperism
  2. pp. 85-129
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  1. Dietaries and the less eligibility workhouse: or, the making of the poor as biological subjects
  2. pp. 130-176
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  1. Part III Theorising hunger
  1. The biopolitics of hunger: Malthus, Hodge and the racialisation of the poor
  2. pp. 179-206
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  1. Telling the hunger of ‘distant’ others
  2. pp. 207-233
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  1. Conclusions
  2. pp. 234-245
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  1. Select bibliography
  2. pp. 246-256
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-264
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781526145635
Related ISBN(s)
9781526145628
MARC Record
OCLC
1142711126
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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