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    Sweetness and Power: Place of Sugar in Modern History (Paperback) By (author) Sidney Wilfred Mintz

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    Description"Shows how the intelligent analysis of the history of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior."--"The New York Review of Books."


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    Title
    Sweetness and Power
    Subtitle
    Place of Sugar in Modern History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sidney Wilfred Mintz
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140092332
    ISBN 10: 0140092331
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JHBT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 430
    DC22: 394.12
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    DC21: 394.12
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036000
    B&T Approval Code: A33800000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037030
    DC22: 394.1/2
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GT2869
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    LC classification: GT2869 .M56 1986
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JHB, JBCC9
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, bibliography, index
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 February 1995
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    For anthropologist Mintz (Johns Hopkins), sugar - a subject to which he was drawn during conventional Caribbean fieldwork - has been the stimulus toward a radical realignment of his anthropological horizons. Here it is the focus for several sorts of analysis. Of greatest interest to general readers will be a couple of long chapters tracing the development of modern sugar production and consumption - with special emphasis on 1) the British plantation system as a slave-based precursor of capitalist production forms and 2) the remarkable transformation of sugar from rare spice or token of wealth and power to one of the chief caloric props (in conjunction with such other "drug foods" as chocolate, coffee, and especially tea) of the British working-class diet. These sections, cogently pulling together material from important studies in the history of labor, diet, and technology as well as histories of the sugar industry itself, are good enough to make one wish that Mintz had simply essayed a general introduction to sugar through recent ages. As it is, he goes on to wrestle with more directly ethnological implications - the social meanings that this addictive source of instant calories gradually acquired in the "food rituals" of consumers from progressively lower social strata, the ongoing 20th-century rearrangement or derangement of "the structures of meals and the calendar of daily diet" by what one observer calls "gastro-anomie." Here too there is plenty of challenging insight, but also a curiously labored progression of thought with repetitive formulations of the same ideas, suggesting something unsolved in this particular attempt to bridge the gap between anthropology and social history. Interesting if only partly successful. (Kirkus Reviews)