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War by other means: a genealogy of "improvement" from John Locke to genetically engineered food aid

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dc.contributor.author Pasternak, Shiri
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-03T17:32:33Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-03T17:32:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2005 en
dc.date.issued 2009-12-03T17:32:33Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1936
dc.description.abstract How can we think of power in the form of a seed? This thesis will trace the discourse of "improvement" from its seventeenth century use by John Locke to justify the appropriation of Aboriginal lands in North America to the inter-locked languages of improvement and development in the twenty-first century in the context of genetically engineered food aid. This paper also explores the nature of sovereignty in a biopolitical age, arguing that the improvement discourse is operationalized on the ground through a diffuse power that trades on claims of improving the bios as whole. The paper concludes with a discussion of the food sovereignty movement as a possible practical and epistemological break for farmers in the Global North and South from the hegemony of this war by other means. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject genetically modified foods en
dc.subject government policy en
dc.subject Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.title War by other means: a genealogy of "improvement" from John Locke to genetically engineered food aid en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Tully, James
dc.degree.department Dept. of English en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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