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“Hybrid corn was the invention of a method of inventing, a method of breeding superior corn for specific localities. It was not a single invention immediately adaptable everywhere. The actual breeding of adaptable hybrids had to be done separately for each area.” From Zvi Griliches, “Hybrid Corn: An Exploration in the Economics of Technological Change” […]
How do we deal with an episode of epistemic colonialism invited by the to-be-colonized? Must we establish that the invitation of the Rockefeller Foundation program by the Mexican government does not represent an autonomous decision by every denizen of that government? Can we establish, somehow, that to indigenous groups within Mexico, the Mexican federal government […]
Can this taxonomic scheme (techne, episteme, and technai) apply to the interactions between Western-mode agronomists and Oaxaca’s indigenous population? What does it mean that Marglin’s essay employs the attitude and technique of episteme in order to make these claims? “But what is culture? We are all accustomed to thinking of culture as a set of rules, largely tacit […]
“Another reason why choice sets contract is that many activities are indivisible and require a minimum scale to be feasible. The substitution of mass-produced articles for local craft products is conventionally seen as an enlargement of choice. And for many consumers this is exactly right: plastic buckets win out over clay pots in the market […]
From Stephen Marglin’s “Towards the Decolonization of the Mind”: What is the nature of choice for the indigenes of Oaxaca in the implementation of agricultural modernization? Are they left with the choice of retaining traditional agricultural techniques and philosophies? What choices did they make? What do their ‘revealed preferences’ (see Marglin) indicate about both agricultural […]
“As Anderson and Morrison have observed: ‘Running through all these measures, whether major or minor in their effect, was the concern to stabilize the countryside politically. It was recognised internationally that the peasantry were incipient revolutionaries and if squeezed too hard could be rallied against the new bourgeois-dominated governments in Asia. This recognition led many […]
What is the nature of a colonialism invited and enacted by some among the colonized? (How) does it differ from coercive colonialism?
Does the relationship between colonialism and epistemic colonialism, or genocide and epistemicide, extend beyond philology?
What is the relationship between the attitudes of Mexicans (differentiated between indigenous and non-indigenous campesinx, agronomists, politicians, public) to the Mexican Agricultural Program (MAP) and to the agrarian reforms of the revolution?