Argentina’s place in global pesticide markets: Chemical agents, sociotechnical entanglements and uneven geographies

Authors: Christian Berndt*, University of Zurich, Christine Wiederkehr, University of Zurich
Topics: Economic Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: assemblage, bioeconomy, marketization, chemical geography
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 42
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Conceptualizing chemical substances as key agents at the center of a globally dispersed commodity networks, the paper engages with the staggering development of the global herbicide complex until the late 2000s and more recent signs of crisis and controversy that provide serious challenges to the global agrochemical industry. Using Argentina as a case-study, the paper puts cultural economic research on economization and marketization into dialogue with critical commodity studies. It adopts an assemblage perspective and sketches the wider geoeconomic and geopolitical implications of ongoing transformations.

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