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Human Encumbrances - by David P Nally (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 348

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Europe

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

Book theme: Ireland

Author: David P Nally

Language: English

Street Date: April 15, 2011
TCIN: 78569240
UPC: 9780268036089
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-0012


"This book should be read by every human geographer, indeed it should be ready by anyone who cares at all about the reach of the colonial state, the cultivation of inhumanity or just about dedicated and painstaking scholarship. . . . [Nally's] meticulous research, drawing upon a full spectrum of contemporary records, offers the most convincing account I have so far encountered of the interlocking processes whereby a population is drained of every last valuable resource in the name of Development and Modernisation. Near to the beginning of this excellent monograph Nally observes that, 'Despite the fact that the Great Irish Famine is now a major field of scholarly enquiry, there has been little attempt to engage with . . . critical perspectives which are derived principally from famine experiences in colonial and postcolonial contexts.' . . . This book admirably remedies this lack, referring to famine in India and Africa, drawing on the work of Sen to examine the development of ideas of entitlement. For Nally, history is not just isolated in the past, it flows into the present; he makes it impossible for a reader to miss the continuity between starving Irish people in the nineteenth century and food insecurity today. He is not afraid to go beyond the narrow confines of academia to use the media to draw attention to the politics of hunger in the contemporary world, most recently the Horn of African, articulating his central message that '[t]he widespread scarcity of food is mistakenly viewed as a crime without a culprit' . . . and to name that culprit as international capital."--Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
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