publication . Article . 2014

Soil science, development, and the "elusive nature" of Colombia's Amazonian plains

Kristina Marie Lyons;
Open Access
  • Published: 02 Jul 2014
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
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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