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Food, Culture, and Survival in an African City

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A rich ethnographic portrait of food-provisioning processes in a contemporary African city, offering valuable lessons about the powerful roles of gender, migration, exchange, sex, and charity in food acquisition. Based on anthropologist Karen Coen Flynn's study of Mwanza, Tanzania, this work draws on the personal accounts of over 350 market vendors, low-, middle-, and high ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Lisa Jahn
Sep 10, 2009 Lisa Jahn rated it liked it
Flynn’s work in urban food acquisition strategies is insightful and highlights how political economies, gendered division of labor and entitlement are key factors influencing who gets to eat.
She presents an account of how marginalized and often overlooked people survive through chronic hunger by creating food provisioning strategies such as straddling or charity.
There were moments when Flynn seemed bogged down by her theoretical analysis, almost stifling individual’s voices.
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