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Blood SugarRacial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America$
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Anthony Ryan Hatch

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696178

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696178.001.0001

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Sugar Stained with Blood

Sugar Stained with Blood

African Americans, Sugar, and Modern Agriculture

(p.95) Chapter Five Sugar Stained with Blood
Blood Sugar

Anthony Ryan Hatch

University of Minnesota Press

The chapter examines how sugar has served as the site of African American biopolitics. It is not possible to provide a critical interpretation of the politics of metabolism without recognizing and acknowledging the synergistic relationships between food politics and metabolic health problems. The construction of African Americans’ metabolic processes as biological and genetic, and the promotion of individualist and culturalist understandings of African Americans’ consumption of sugar, often take place absent a contextualized discussion about how technoscientific and capitalist shifts in the industrial production of sugar have impacted human metabolism. The significance of food politics is also apparent in stark contrast to the deployment of killer applications and the cultural power that prescription drugs have over people’s metabolic lives. Indeed, the economic interests of food and drug companies operate in our bodies and shape the politics of metabolism in ways that go beyond posing food and drugs as disconnected political issues.

Keywords:   sugar, sugar consumption, food politics, African Americans, economics, prescription drugs

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