New Famines Why Famines Exist in an Era of Globalization

New Famines Why Famines Exist in an Era of Globalization
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415363471
  • ISBN: 0415363470
  • Edition: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Publisher: Routledge


Devereux, Stephen


The recent occurrences of famine in Ethiopia and Southern Africa have propelled the issue of famine back into the public arena for the first time since 1984, once again becoming a priority not only for lesser developed countries but also for the international community. 'The New Famines' explores the paradox of the persistence of famine in the contemporary world; it examines the changing nature of famine in the face of globalisation and shifting geo-political forces and alliances. This book provides fresh conceptual frameworks and analytical tools for understanding contemporary famines, through the introduction of new concepts such as 'hidden famines', 'new variant famines' and 'post-modern famines'. Individual contributions carefully examine a range of recent famines including Ethiopia, Sudan, Malawi and North Korea as well as food crisis which have been averted in Madagascar, Iraq and Bosnia, actively engaging with the most relevant theories. Major theoretical frameworks which have previously been applied to analyse famines, such as democracy ends famine' argument, Sen's entitlement approach' and the 'complex political emergency' framework are empirically challenged. This volume also examines the politics of famine response and famine relief as part of a global humanitarian system, in which famines compete for resources. As well as exploring new developments in famine prevention.Devereux, Stephen is the author of 'New Famines Why Famines Exist in an Era of Globalization', published 2006 under ISBN 9780415363471 and ISBN 0415363470.

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