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An ethnography of hunger: politics, subsistence, and the unpredictable grace of the sun

By: Phillips, Kristin D.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Framing the global. Publisher: Bloomington Indiana University Press 2018Description: xxiii, 207 p.: ill. Includes bibliography and index.ISBN: 9780253038371.Subject(s): Tanzania | Subsistence economy | Rural conditions | Economic history | Rural developmentDDC classification: 339.46096782 Summary: 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 organize 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. https://iupress.org/9780253038371/an-ethnography-of-hunger/
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Table of contents

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

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 organize 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.

https://iupress.org/9780253038371/an-ethnography-of-hunger/

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