Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power, says its publisher, \"explores the ways that science helped build the Salinas Valley and California\'s broader farm industry.\" In doing so, Henke provides an account of \"how agricultural scientists and growers have collaborated--and struggled--in shaping this industry.\" In a spirit similar to the prior book in this author-blogger series (Keith Warner\'s Agroecology in Action), Henke\'s work offers academic research that is engaged with public and social problems by drawing from interdisciplinary science studies and from ecologically informed social science research. The book deals with expertise, knowledge, ecology of the soil, ecology of power, state-based mechanisms, the influence of progressive-era politics, field trials, pest management, post-War farm labor crises, migrant laborers, John Steinbeck and more. And it has that big beaker on the front. This is the fifteenth in our series of \"Author Meets Bloggers\" posts, where we talk to authors about their new work. (See them all here.) What follows is part one of a four-part conversation about the book. Please be encouraged to offer any questions and comments about the book, the research, and the topic.
Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power: Science and Industrial Agriculture in California
by Christopher Henke, Scienceblogs.com, 03 March, 2009
Focusing on such pressing practical and policy questions in health, environment and agriculture, this programme provides students with a solid grounding in development concepts and theories, in combination with an understanding of the politics and governance of scientific knowledge and policy processes. Through exploring a combination of theoretical and practical perspectives, the course asks how science and technology can contribute to poverty reduction, social justice and environmental sustainability in the developing world. The programme, hosted by the Knowledge, Technology and Society (KNOTS) team at IDS, is linked to a new IDS-SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) research centre: Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS). Throughout the programme, students work closely with individual supervisors who have a wide range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds and extensive experience in the developing world.
MA Science, Society and Development
by , Institute for Dev Studies, 01 January, 1970