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LECTURE 3 KeneaHy The causes of famine are complex and despite it seems natural the causation acquires a social perspective All involve cop failures potatoes rice Vulnerable beforehand 1 Need to find ways to grow more food Series of coping responses Victims over time Great Loss Villains 2 There is always a villain Charles Trevelyan o ROLE administrator of the government relief to Ireland 0 INFLUENCES A set of ideas that he used as justifications Famine is inevitable any way they blamed the victim they did not took seriously the situation 0 There is also a theological justification It is good s will 3 Prejudice There is a different way in which people in power see the victims People in power see the victims as loyal citizens But victims see people in power as bad people Chapter 4 GOD S HAND Famine is usually thought in theological terms Picture from a woman Book perspective She is starving and she asks for money to feed her child Class opinion She might be using the child to get money to feed herself Social acceptance The woman needs to keep her child alive Book perspective We look at her as helpless and passive a way we wouldn t be At the same time we see her as an actor She does this intentionally The famine victim is separated from normal people to an invisible glass What does people who suffer from hunger do Problematic solutions People lose their dignity Any kind of entertainment disappears Reduce food consumption They sell their family assets Ask for loans Eat things they normally would not eat Emigrate Steal Abandon their family members Prostitution includes selling your children to prostitution Cannibalism How is life in famine Imagine if this was the situation of the US 0 Need to seek for help o It is denigrating Amartya Sen 0 Work in human rights and poverty 0 He is a different kind of economist 0 Two big ideas 1 No famine takes place in the world in a functioning democracy He is against inevitability thinking We can have control over famine Famine vs endemic hunger