14. This is in contrast to the food served and eaten by wealthier families, which might be the families in which a child ends up: “To a woman who lives in the subsistence economy and perceives the cash economy as a separate sphere of prestige and special occasions, the enormous magic of ‘white’ people, who live only on food they have bought, becomes apparent. Such people seem scarcely human, eating only white rice day in and day out, a food that is glamorous but insubstantial. Runa flesh is made of barley and potatoes, the fruits of their labor, but wealthy white bodies seem to be literally made of money” (Weismantel 1988:152). This is the focus of Weismantel’s in-depth ethnography of food in Ecuadorian families.


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