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Author Logan, Amanda L., 1980- author.

Title The scarcity slot : excavating histories of food security in Ghana / Amanda L. Logan.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]

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Description 1 online resource.
Series California studies in food and culture ; 75
California studies in food and culture ; 75.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Excavating longue durée histories of food security in Africa -- Choosing local over global during the Columbian exchange (c. 1400-1650 AD) -- Tasting privilege and privation during Asante rule and the Atlantic slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries -- Creating chronic food insecurity in the Gold Coast colony (c. 1890s-1940s) -- Consuming a remotely global modernity, c.1940s-2009 -- Eating and remembering past cultural achievements -- Appendix A : methodology -- Appendix B : archaeobotanical data -- Appendix C : wild leaves used by modern villages.
Summary "The Scarcity Slot is the first book to critically examine food security in Africa's deep past. Amanda L. Logan argues that African foodways have been viewed through the lens of 'the scarcity slot,' a kind of Othering based on presumed differences in resources. Weaving together archaeological, historical, and environmental data with food ethnography, she advances a new approach to building long-term histories of food security on the continent in order to combat these stereotypes. Focusing on a case study in Banda, Ghana that spans the past six centuries, The Scarcity Slot reveals that people thrived during a severe, centuries-long drought just as Europeans arrived on the coast, with a major decline in food security emerging only recently. This narrative radically challenges how we think about African foodways in the past with major implications for the future"-- Provided by publisher.
Local Note JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access
Subject Food security -- Ghana -- Banda (Brong-Ahafo Region)
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Logan, Amanda L., 1980- The scarcity slot Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020] 9780520343757 (DLC) 2020022842
ISBN 9780520975149 (ebook)
9780520343757 (paperback)