The politics of solidarity during famine

Abstract

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Despite claims that famine is ending, the last decade has continued to see headline-grabbing, deadly famines. Plus, famine declarations do not tell the full story; 28 million people live on the brink of famine, and are experiencing acute, often chronic, hunger and the real possibility of hunger-related mortality. Hundreds of thousands have died and famine continues. Humanitarians have responded and have kept many people from the most acute food insecurity. Yet, even in contexts where humanitarians are active and have access, most people in times of acute hunger still gain the majority of their calories from other, non-humanitarian sources. The small ethnographic literature on survival during times of famine has repeatedly highlighted the centrality of structures of solidarity in helping people survive. People make use of various structures of solidarity, from social networks and even local courts such as the chiefs’ courts in South Sudan. The panel seeks to understand the politics of the solidarity during times of famine. The panel will explore the moral, social, religious and legal mechanisms used to shape and enforce solidarity. It will also ask about how these solidarities reshape understandings and accountability for the deep violence of global political economies that make famines possible.

Date(s) & Time(s)

November 3rd, 2021
18:00 (GMT +1)
Room 13
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Organiser(s)

Abraham Diing Akoi, Naomi Pendle

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