A great history book in the wonderful myopic vein Ginnie mentioned. I just purchased a second copy to replace my first which is too worn and marked to continue reading. The following is an analysis of the work done by Sidney W. This is advocated aggressively through marketing and advertising as a convenience and an opportunity to meet consumer preferences; for example, family meals involve a process of communication and negotiation, and a common denominator meal might be chosen that will satisfy all family members. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 12-22. The minute that powder hit my tongue it was a relentless battle to create enough saliva to get it down my gullet. I'm just baffled in general by the concept of writing something that's just for your own private information on the Internet.
We see how industrial capitalism then reshaped these worlds of cotton into an empire, and how this empire transformed the world. This is the case with Sidney Mintzs thesis in Sweetness and Power The Place of Modern History. Sugar surrendered its place as luxury and rarity and became the first mass-produced exotic necessity of a proletarian working class. Mintz - Sugar cane Saccharum officianrum L. Had it not been for the immense importance of sugar in the world history of food, and in the daily lives of so many, I would have left it alone. By no later than 1800, sugar had become a necessity albeit a costly and rare one in the diet of every English person; by 1900, it was supplying nearly one-fifth of the calories in the English diet.
Mintz contends that as sugar becomes less of a symbol of power and more of a common item for the common person, that mercantilism begins to die out. In 2011, the earth is habited by 6 billion people. Another important idea revealed to the reader in chapter one is the source of focus for the book, which is shown in this statement on page 5: Specifically, I am concerned with a single substance called sucrose, a kind of sugar extracted primarily from the sugar can, and with what became of it. Influence is the essence of leadership. Mintz traces the rise of sugar from all angles: the growing, refining, and shipping processes; colonialism and the slaves that grew grow? Sugar has had a large impact on society and the economy that is not noticeable unless thoroughly studied. This is an excellent example of what might be called a micro history, in this case that of a single commodity, sugar, and its impact on historical developments over the last five hundred years. As the demand went up, so did the supply, causing the proletariat to be able to incorporate sugar into their everyday diet.
Finally, he considers how sugar has altered work patterns, eating habits, and our diet in modern times. Mintz's suggestions that industrial capitalism originated in the Caribbean sugar plantations may seem to contradict the European version of world history fed to most of the Western world, but is nevertheless supported by substantial evidence. But the writing, God, the writing The writing of this book made me want to tear my hair out. Sweetness and Power is a book I had to read over my Christmas break for university and there could have been worse books for them to tell me to read, but there also could have been much. I honestly can't even begin to imagine. It was all quite entertaining to the party goers.
But before all of them came this book, Sidney Mintz's excellent 1985 exploration of the place of sugar history. I feel like there were certain sentences that I read about 10 times because he kept saying the same thing, it became so frustrating it really detracted from how interesting the fact actually was. Proceedings of the Fifth International Sugar Cane Seminar, 20-24 September 1993. I guess what I like best about it, and what makes it most accessible, is his supremely descriptive language about the intimate-to-al A thought-provoking and riveting social history of the discovery and incorporation of sugar into capitalist modernity. Mintz dives into an endlessly fascinating theme: how and why we came to value a thing sugar and how did it change the way people behave and eat? ~ Do you know how sucrose is made in plants? ~ Why is sugar so important? Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, xxiii-xxviii. ~ In your opinion, how has the use of sugar and the meaning of sugar changed over time? Each of these chapters discusses different issues dealing with the main idea while moving in a more By then, sugar and consumer items like it had become too important to permit an archaic protectionism to jeopardize future metropolitan supplies. It seems that Sweetness and Power is targeted at anyone between from the semi-educated i.
This amount is subject to change until you make payment. On power, Mintz shows how closely sugar production relied on state power -- the the colonization of land, the execution of land management and irrigation practices, the acquisition of labor through the slave trade, the policing of plantations to prevent slave rebellions, the protection of home markets against foreign competition -- all of this required the active connivance and support of the state. You could probably read this book in 2 or 3 overly-sugared coffee sittings, and it's an enjoyable cafe book. If only more space had been devoted to these. Regarding the theories of power examined in Week 2, which one do you think is most relevant to explain power-related phenomena in contemporary organisations? Wolf , Critique of Anthropology 9 1 : 25-31. But this began to change with the discovery of the new world. In this book the author shows how Europeans and Americans transformed sugar from a rare foreign luxury to a commonplace necessity of modern life, and how it changed the history of capitalism and industry.
The first time I was in the field I'd been surrounded by it, as I did my fieldwork. Political Economy of the World System Annuals, No. But before all of them came this book, Sidney Mintz's excellent 1985 exploration of the place of sugar history. It did its job, certainly, and I recognize how important it is as a work, but it didn't necessarily 'wow' me or make me rethink very much about how I saw the history of sugar This anthropology of sugar shows how the cultivation of this crop and the use of the end product affected people in two parts of the world: the Caribbean islands and the British Isles. Mintz is an anthropologist specialising in Caribbean studies, so his work places him at the centre of sugar studies, and with an interest political economy his work seems in retrospect to lead almost logically to this book. The fourth chapter is even worse. .
He does a good job of supporting all of his arguments with the proper source, however, he does not explain these sources to the fullest extent. These poor citizens needed energy to work, which they realized could be obtained through sugar. Commitment -The term commitment describes an outcome in which the target person internally agrees with a decision or request from the agent and makes a great effort to carry out the request or implement the decision effectively. First the Caribbean islands such as Santo Domingo, and later Cuba, Puerto Rico and Jamaica, and the smaller islands such as Martinique and Barbados. The study found that light red samples were perceived as sweeter than dark red, and that light green samples were perceived as sweeter than dark green. The existence of the human sweet tooth can be explained, ultimately, as an adaptation of ancestral populations to favor the ripest-and hence the sweetest-fruit.