GMOs and the Crisis of Objectivity: Nature, Science and the Challenge of Uncertainty

Alessandrini, Donatella (2010) GMOs and the Crisis of Objectivity: Nature, Science and the Challenge of Uncertainty. Social and Legal Studies , 19 (1). pp. 3-23. ISSN 0964-6639. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article contributes to the current debate on the meaning and regulation of biotechnology by focusing on the role that the concepts of nature and sound science play in framing struggles against agricultural biotechnology in India. It contends that the political work of these concepts consists of limiting democratic deliberation by neatly separating facts from values and scientific certainty from politics. In particular, it aims to show that both the invocation of nature and reliance on sound science are counterproductive for the more interesting challenges opponents are already articulating outside the boundaries drawn by the nature/society, science/politics and facts/ values distinctions. Indeed, the political significance of the collective experimentations going on in India (as elsewhere) is that they signal a shift from a risk mentality, centred on ‘hard facts’ supposed to settle the debate, to novel approaches to uncertainty that recognize the increasing controversies surrounding GMOs. These approaches, it is argued, provide a more interesting space for thinking about the uncertainty surrounding biotechnological crops and the relations we (might) share with them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: agricultural biotechnology Green Revolution India matters of concern regulation risk uncertainty
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 09:45
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 11:01
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