Hybrid Geographies critically examines the "opposition" between nature and culture, the material and the social, as represented in scientific, environmental and popular discourses. Demonstrating that the world is not an exclusively human achievement, Hybrid Geographies reconsiders the relation between human and non-human, the social and the material, showing how they are intimately and variously linked.
Chapter 5: Reinventing Possession: Boundary Disputes in the Governance of Plant Genetic Resources
Reinventing Possession: Boundary Disputes in the Governance of Plant Genetic Resources
On the horizon are a whole new set of claims to proprietorship…. They arise out of the very perception of hybrids, out of mixes of techniques and persons, out of combinations of the human and non-human, out of the interdigitation of different cultural practices. Not socially innocent, not without their own likely effects, they presage new projects of modernity. (Marilyn Strathern, 1999b: 122)
Geo-Politics in/of the Flesh
On the busy calendar of international campaigns promoted by the United Nations (UN), 16 October is designated as ‘World Food Day’ to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The stated ambition of ...