Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-298) and index.
Cultural racism's fertile ground. European cultural pride: an evaluation -- Before the land was lost: African food culture in the nineteenth century. The benevolent father: an embattled rationale for white supremacy. The politics of famine: state paternalism in rural South Africa, 1910-1948 -- Scientific paternalism: hunger and the measurement of urban poverty, 1910-1948. People without science: a modern rationale for white supremacy. The threat of "race deterioration": nutritional research in industrial context -- Missionaries of science: the growth of the malnutrition syndrome, 1920-1960. The triumph of scientism and cultural essentialism. Denial and coercion: the state response to the malnutrition syndrome, 1940s to 1960s -- Epilogue: the heritage of disrespect.