Hunger in the land of plenty: The complex humanitarian crisis in Venezuela

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Abstract

Oil-rich Venezuela is hit by the largest crisis in living memory. Now more than 4.8 million Venezuelans have fled the country in search of food and safety. News about migration and humanitarian aid dominate. Yet, many Venezuelans stay and seek alternative strategies to cope with scarcity and insecurity. Ad hoc solutions mainly depend on alternative economies in the borderlands that do not always fit within frameworks of human rights and rule of law, but do provide relief and produce opportunities along with new inequalities that (un)willingly sustain the crisis. Amid collapsing state infrastructures, these transborder economies tie into global trade of basic supplies, narcotics, drugs, natural resources, and human trafficking that operate in the interface of the legal and the illegal. The complex humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is as much about poverty and scarcity as it is about wealth and abundance benefiting only a very few. An 'anthropology of abundance' allows to grasp these underlying socio-economic dynamics that turn crisis management into crisis maintenance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnthropology Today
Volume36
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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Hunger in the land of plenty : The complex humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. / van Roekel, Eva; de Theije, Marjo.

In: Anthropology Today, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2020.

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