As Scott-Smith shows, over the past century, the humanitarian approach to hunger has redefined food as nutrients and hunger as a medical condition. Aid has become more individualized, medicalized, and rationalized, shaped by modernism in bureaucracy, commerce, and food technology. On an Empty Stomach focuses on the gains and losses that result, examining the complex compromises that arise between efficiency of distribution and quality of care. Scott-Smith concludes that humanitarian groups have developed an approach to the empty stomach that is dependent on compact, commercially produced devices and is often paternalistic and culturally insensitive.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Humanitarian Approaches to Hunger
1. From the Classical Soup Kitchen to the Irish Famine
2. Justus Liebig and the Rise of Nutritional Science
3. Governing the Diet in Victorian Institutions
4. Colonialism and Communal Strength
5. Social Nutrition at the League of Nations
6. Military Feeding during World War II
7. The Medicalization of Hunger and the Postwar Period
8. High Modernism and the Development Decade
9. Low Modernism after Biafra
10. Small-Scale Devices and the Low Modernist Legacy
Conclusion: On an Empty Stomach
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"Richly detailed, engagingly told and always insightful, Tom Scott-Smith's genealogy redefines humanitarian history from the belly up. On an Empty Stomach leaves its reader with a very full mind."
"On an Empty Stomach is a highly engaging and well-written account of the shifts in conceptions of hunger and humanitarian responses to it over time. Scott-Smith's analysis paints a fascinating and complex picture of the ways in which changing social conditions have shaped the dilemmas facing humanitarians in different historical eras."
"In a compelling, well-written, and engaging account, Scott-Smith shows how the historical moment guides aid workers toward a standardized intervention that conveniently ignores how local cultures think about and treat hunger. An important contribution to medical anthropology and humanitarian studies."