Pablo Lapegna

in Soybeans and Power

Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9780190215132
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190215170 | DOI:

Series: Global and Comparative Ethnography


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Chapter 5 dissects the events surrounding an agrochemical drift in 2009. The chapter argues that the response of authorities to this agrochemical drift exemplifies a mechanism of performative governance, whereby the relationships between peasants and authorities are shaped by practices of impression management and discourses that do things with words, which combine to create obstacles for contention. The chapter closes with an examination of the subjective understandings of contention, GM crops, and agrochemical drifts, showing the accommodations and adaptations developed by peasants, and the strategies devised by peasant households to make ends meet in the midst of an encroaching transgenic agriculture.

Keywords: peasants; accommodation; negotiation; adaptations; agrochemical drift; performative governance; impression management

Chapter.  9296 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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