Anthropology of Food: The Social Dynamics of Food Security
August 1999, Polity
1. In Search of Relevance: Anthropology in the Contemporary World.
2. Food Security in Policy and Practice.
3. Land and Livelihood: Land Ownership, Access, Reform and Research Responsibilities.
4. Labor Organization on Smallholder Farms: Structure and Diversity.
5. Playing the Food Market: Actual Markets, Moralities and Social Engineering.
6. Politics of Identity: Agri-business and Agri-culture.
7. Famine Relief, Famine Prevention: Whose Analysis? Whose Solutions? Whose Patronage?.
8. Attractive Simplicity?: The Shape of Modern Agricultural Research and Policy.
9. State of Play: Anthropology, Food Security, and New Directions in Research.
* Highlights the gap between the everyday struggles of food producers and the actions of policy makers, arguing that agricultural officials too often ignore the knowledge and expertise of the local food producers.
* Keeping jargon to a minimum, the text is accessible to the full range of professionals - academics and policy-makers - concerned with ensuring reliable food production and supply throughout the world.
'This well-intentioned volume highlights what local contextual analysis by anthropologists can contribute to food-policy design, implementation and evaluation ... Anthropologists are already producing more and better studies about the diverse household and community impacts of development discourses and decision-making ... Pottier's work adds significantly to these efforts.' European Journal of Development Research