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- DescriptionWhy do famines occur and how have their effects changed through time? Why are those who produce food so often the casualties of famines? Looking at the food crisis that struck the West African Sahel during the 1970s, Michael J. Watts examines the relationships between famine, climate, and political ecomy. Through a longue duree history and a detailed village study Watts argues that famines are socially produced and that the market is as fickle and incalculable as the weather. Droughts are natural occurrences, matters of climatic change, but famines expose the inner workings of society, politics, and markets. His analysis moves from household and individual farming practices in the face of climatic variability to the incorporation of African peasants into the global circuits of capitalism in the colonial and postcolonial periods. Silent Violence powerfully combines a case study of food crises in Africa with an analysis of the way capitalism developed in rthern Nigeria and how peasants struggle to maintain rural livelihoods. As the West African Sahel confronts ather food crisis and continuing food insecurity for millions of peasants, Silent Violence speaks in a compelling way to contemporary agrarian dynamics, food provisioning systems, and the plight of the African poor.
- Author BiographyMichael J. Watts is a professor and Class of 1963 Chair in the Geography and Development Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley, USA where he has taught for thirty-five years. His many books include Global Political Ecology, Reworking Modernity, and The Curse of the Black Gold.
- Author(s)Michael J. Watts
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication15/12/2012
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note27 black & white photographs, 1 map, 6 tables, 4 figures
- Weight1170 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine46 mm
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