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Another (Food) World Is Possible

Post-industrial French Paysans Fight for a Solidaire Global Food Policy

Chaia Heller

If the post-war industrial model entails a mix of technological and chemical interventions that increase farm productivity, then post-industrial agriculture (emerging in the 1970s) constitutes agricultural surpluses, as well as an array of trade, aid and biotechnology practices that introduce novel foodstuffs (processed and genetically modified) on an unprecedented scale. While industrial agriculture reduces the farming population, the latter gives rise to new sets of actors who question the nature and validity of the industrial model. This essay explores the rise of one set of such actors. Paysans (peasants) from France's second largest union, the Confederation Paysanne, challenge the industrial model's instrumental rationality of agriculture. Reframing food questions in terms of food sovereignty, paysans propose a solidarity-based production rationality which gives hope to those who believe that another post-industrial food system is possible.

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Films and Conferences

Soheila Shahshahani and Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar


Sheikholeslam Mahvash, Koul Farah


‘Islam and the Biotechnologies of Human Life’, 18–20 September 2009, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States

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Kinship in the Middle East

Soheila Shahshahani and Soraya Tremayne

The study of kinship remains central to anthropology and to understanding the social world in which we live. Although key debates on kinship have stayed embedded in anthropological studies, the impact of global changes affecting marriage, divorce, family structure, and the inevitable consequences of the interaction between biotechnologies and social and cultural practices have all served to bring back kinship into anthropological discourse in a forceful way. As a result, there is a tendency to move away from the distinction between the biological and social aspects of kinship and to focus on emerging forms of relatedness and their broader implications. In such an approach, relatedness is viewed as a process that is fluid and mutable, and that is constructed through active human agency. It expands to include changing gender relations, new family forms and the outcome of assisted reproductive technologies.

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Bernard Faye

disponible ad-libitum . On peut également ajouter à ce tableau les conséquences du développement des biotechnologies de la reproduction ( Skidmore 2005 ) telles que la collecte de semence, le diagnostic de gestation par échographie, l

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Emerging Kinship in a Changing Middle East

Soraya Tremayne

scientific and global biotechnologies could have been a potential threat to the foundation of kinship and family, it was kinship that took the lead in defining how these technologies could be adapted to fit into its specific cultural mould. For example, with

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From Ebony to Ivory

‘Cosmetic’ Investments in the Body

Chiara Pussetti

Pursuit of Excellence: Biotechnologies, Enhancement and Body Capital in Portugal’, which has received funding FCT under the grant agreement n§ PTDC/SOC-ANT/30572/2017 under my coordination as PI. References Ahmed , S. ( 1998 ), ‘ Animated Borders

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Human rights-based service delivery

Assessing the role of national human rights institutions in democracy and development in Ghana and Uganda

Richard Iroanya, Patrick Dzimiri, and Edith Phaswana

government is obliged to respect. By making its position known to the government on matters such as death penalty, biotechnology, NGO, children’s and communication amendments bills, the UHRC aims to influence future laws and policies that guarantee human