Whose Hunger?: Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid

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U of Minnesota Press, 2000 - Social Science - 236 pages
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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. To the contrary, Jenny Edkins responds in this book: 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 the forms and ideas of modernity frame our understanding of famine and, consequently, shape our responses.
 

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Contents

Pictures of Hunger i
1
The Emergence of Famine in Modernity
15
Availability and Entitlement
43
Practices of Aid
67
Response and Responsibility
103
Complex Emergency and Impossible Politics
129
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