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Gabon: Outline of Gabon 
Author(s): Books LLC
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: General Books LLC
Publication date: July 6th 2011 (first published May 25th 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1156836638
ISBN-13: 9781156836637

Book Description
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 106. Chapters: Buildings and structures in Gabon, Communications in Gabon, Economy of Gabon, Education in Gabon, Environment of Gabon, Gabon-related lists, Gabon stubs, Gabonese culture, Gabonese law, Gabonese society, Geography of Gabon, Government of Gabon, History of Gabon, Politics of Gabon, Sport in Gabon, Transport in Gabon, French Equatorial Africa, Demographics of Gabon, Foreign relations of Gabon, Military of Gabon, Telecommunications in Gabon, List of birds of Gabon, 1964 Gabon coup d' tat, List of airports by ICAO code: F, List ....



A Workman Is Worthy of His Meat: Food and Colonialism in the Gabon Estuary
Author(s): Jeremy Rich
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: June 1st 2007
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0803210914
ISBN-13: 9780803210912

Book Description
In Libreville, the capital of the African nation of Gabon, the colonial past has evolved into a present indelibly marked by colonial rule and ongoing French influence. This is especially evident in areas as essential to life as food. In this complex, hybrid culinary culture of Libreville, croissants are as readily available as plantains. Yet this same culinary diversity is accompanied by high prices and a scarcity of locally made food that is bewildering to residents and visitors alike. A staggering two-thirds of the country’s food is imported from outside Gabon, making Libreville’s cost of living comparable to that of Tokyo and Paris. In this compelling study of food culture and colonialism, Jeremy Rich explores how colonial rule intimately shaped African life and how African townspeople developed creative ways of coping with colonialism as European expansion threatened African self-sufficiency.
From colonization in the 1840s through independence, Libreville struggled with problems of food scarcity resulting from the legacy of Atlantic slavery, the violence of colonial conquest, and the rise of the timber export industry. Marriage disputes, racial tensions, and worker unrest often centered on food, and townspeople employed varied tactics to combat its scarcity. Ultimately, imports emerged as the solution and have had a lasting impact on Gabon’s culinary culture and economy.
Fascinating and informative, A Workman Is Worthy of His Meat engages a new avenue of historical inquiry in examining the culture of food as part of the colonial experience and resonates with the questions of globalization dominating culinary economics today.


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