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- DescriptionSacred Rice explores the cultural intricacies through which Jola farmers in West Africa are responding to their environmental and ecomic conditions given the centrality of a crop--rice--that is the lynchpin for their ecomic, social, religious, and political worlds. Based on more than ten years of author Joanna Davidson's ethgraphic and historical research on rural Guinea-Bissau, this book looks at the relationship among people, plants, and identity as it explores how a society comes to define itself through the production, consumption, and reverence of rice. It is a narrative profoundly tied to a particular place, but it is also a story of encounters with outsiders who often mediate or meddle in the rice enterprise. Although the focal point is a remote area of West Africa, the book illuminates the more universal nexus of identity, environment, and development, especially in an era when many people--rural and urban--are confronting environmental changes that challenge their livelihoods and lifestyles.
- Author BiographyJoanna Davidson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Boston University.
- Author(s)Assistant Professor Joanna Davidson
- PublisherOxford University Press, USA
- Date of Publication14/08/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleIssues of Globalization: Case Studies in Contemporary Anthro
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press, USA
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight295 g
- Width137 mm
- Height206 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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