publication . Article . 2014

Soil Science, Development, and the “Elusive Nature” of Colombia's Amazonian Plains

Kristina Marie Lyons;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, volume 19, pages 212-236 (issn: 1935-4932, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Since 2000, the productive capacities and contested governance of Amazonian soils emerged as a matter of political concern in the U.S.-Colombia "War on Drugs." State soil scientists are enlisted to engender a classifiable entity whose definition makes it emerge from productivity: good soils are thickly productive, market-oriented, and an entity that can be improved after human action. A network of farmers in the department of Putumayo, however, engages in material practices where soils are less of an object and more of an entanglement of life-propagating relations. With ethnographic engagement on farms and in laboratories, this article offers insights into the w...
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