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Silent Violence: Food, Famine, and Peasantry in Northern Nigeria (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Ser.) Paperback – February 1, 2013
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This book is simply a classic. If you want to understand the intellectual guts of political ecology, or the conceptual pulse of food crises, this is the place to go.(Neil Smith City University of New York)
Silent Violence is truly the seminal work of political ecology― synthesizing political economy and environmental history―to which my own writing owes an enormous debt. A conceptual masterpiece, it also remains―tragically―an all-too-accurate account of Nigeria’s torments.(Mike Davis author of Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World)
A big book in every sense―historically grounded, geographically sensitive and extraordinarily humane. . . . In many ways it remains a model of intelligent and discerning scholarship: meticulously researched, painstakingly referenced, and beautifully written.(Progress in Human Geography)
[An] important book.(Amartya Sen New York Times)
Looking at the food crisis that struck the West African Sahel in the 1970s, Michael J. Watts examines the relationships between famine, climate, and political economy. . . . As the West African Sahel confronts another food crisis and continuing food insecurity for millions of peasants, Silent Violence speaks in a compelling way to the contemporary agrarian dynamics, food provisioning systems, and the plight of the African poor.(Bob Edmonds McCormick Messenger)
About the Author
Michael J. Watts is a professor and Class of 1963 Chair in the Geography and Development Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught for thirty-five years. His many books include "Global Political Ecology," "Reworking Modernity," and "The Curse of the Black Gold."