Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution
James Ferguson is Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. He is the author of Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order and the coeditor of Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology, both also published by Duke University Press.
Give a Man a Fish: From Patriarchal Productionism to the Revalorization of Distribution
This chapter reviews the ubiquity of anti-distributionist sentiment in the domains both of scholarship and of practical policymaking and explores the masculinist and misogynistic bases of such hostility toward distribution. It then notes certain reasons to believe that this state of affairs may be changing, introducing some of the book’s key assertions about the growing role of distributive politics and the importance of distributive claims grounded in ideas not of need or charity but of a “rightful share.”