Edited by Malak S. Rouchdy
A new collection of essays on food production and distribution in the Arab world and their sociocultural and political implications
In recent years, the food question has been a central concern for politicians, economists, international organizations, activists and NGOs alike, as well as social scientists at large. This interest has emerged from the global food crisis and its impact on the environment and the political economy and security of the global south, as well as the expansion of scholarly studies relating food issues to agrarian questions with the objective of developing theoretical frameworks that would allow for a critical analysis of the current food issues at historical, cultural, social, political and economic levels.
In this context, Cairo Papers organized its 2016 symposium around the food question in the Middle East. Papers in this collection address the food question from both its food and agricultural aspects, and approach it as the site of political and economic conflicts, as the means of sociocultural control and distinction, and as the expression of national and ethnic identities.
Habib Ayeb, Université Paris VIII à St-Denis, Saint Denis, France
Hala N. Barakat, freelance environmentalist and food researcher, Cairo, Egypt
Ellis Goldberg (d. 2019), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
Christian Henderson, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
Khaled Mansour, independent writer and consultant, Cairo, Egypt
Saker El Nour, independent researcher, Free University Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Sara Pozzi, independent scholar, Manchester, UK
Sara El Sayed, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Malak S. Rouchdy and Iman A. Hamdy
2. We Are What We Eat, We Were What We Ate
Hala N. Barakat
3. Killing Them Softly: Dietary Deficiencies and Food Insecurity in Twentieth-Century Egypt
4. Where is Our Baladi Food? 4
Sara Pozzi and Sara El Sayed
5. Agri-food System Dynamics in a South Lebanon Village, 1920–2015
Saker El Nour
6. Food Issues and Revolution: The Process of Dispossession, Class Solidarity, and Popular Uprising: The Case of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia
7. Reflection on the Concept of Hunger: The Case of Egypt between 2008 and 2011 115
Malak S. Rouchdy
8. Gulf Land Acquisitions in Egypt and Sudan: Food Security or the Agro-commodity Supply Chain?
9. Politics of Food Aid: From Politicization to Integration
About the Contributors
Malak S. Rouchdy is assistant professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo.
Iman A. Hamdy is former editor of Cairo Papers in Social Science.
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