First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology (Science and Technology in Society Series) / Edition 2

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Overview

First the Seed spotlights the history of plant breeding and shows how efforts to control the seed have shaped the emergence of the agricultural biotechnology industry. This second edition of a classic work in the political economy of science includes an extensive, new chapter updating the analysis to include the most recent developments in the struggle over the direction of crop genetic engineering.

1988 Cloth, 1990 Paperback, Cambridge University Press
Winner of the Theodore Saloutos Award of the Agricultural History Society
Winner of the Robert K. Merton Award of the American Sociological Association

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"Kloppenburg is trying to put the thorny questions raised in the biotechnology debate into historical perspective."—Deborah Fitzgerald, ISIS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299192440
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Series: Science and Technology in Society
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Ralph Kloppenburg Jr. is professor of rural sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Science, agriculture, and social change 19
3 The genetic foundation of American agriculture 50
4 Public science ascendant : plant breeding comes of age 66
5 Heterosis and the social division of labor 91
6 Plant breeders' rights and the social division of labor : historical perspective 130
7 Seeds of struggle : plant genetic resources in the world system 152
8 Outdoing evolution : biotechnology, botany, and business 191
9 Directions for deployment 242
10 Conclusion 278
11 Still the seed : plant biotechnology in the twenty-first century 291
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