Do Nations Have Stomachs? Food, Drink and Imagined Community in Africa

  title={Do Nations Have Stomachs? Food, Drink and Imagined Community in Africa},
  author={Paul Nugent},
  journal={Africa Spectrum},
  pages={113 - 87}
  • P. Nugent
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Sociology
  • Africa Spectrum
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