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 6: Transgressing Objectivity: The Monstrous Topicality of ‘GM’ Food
Transgressing Objectivity: The Monstrous Topicality of ‘GM’ Food
Eating scrambles neat demarcations and points to the messy interconnection of the local and the global, the inside and the outside … food compels us to think about … the social as a surface composed of relations of proximity. (Elspeth Probyn, 1998: 161)
From the mundane discomforts of indigestion or the sour grimaces that mimic the odour of foodstuffs on the turn to the collective anxieties that aggregate around any number of toxins and diseases freighted by food, eating marks the most immediate and commonplace enactment of Merleau-Ponty's insistence that ‘the lived body is our general medium for having a world’ (1962: 130). The metabolic impressions that the flesh of ...