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A minor theory of the transit of materiality into discourse, Via Campesina.

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dc.contributor.author Franks, Aaron. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-21T14:02:38Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-21T14:02:38Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05-21T14:02:38Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/1426
dc.description.abstract In this thesis I explore how the material properties of plant seed enter the political discourses of the international peasant coalition the Via Campesina and coalition member the National Fanners Union of Canada (NFU), querying how this process might be employed as a resource for a transformative eco-social politics. I employ several post-structural theoretical constructs, configuring them together as a "minor theory". This minor theory provides the basis for a "minor" reading of three sets of Via Campesina and NFU texts. The aim of these readings is to track the movement of seed from a local agricultural concern to a transitive political one, across both the material and discursive registers. In surfacing the presence of the seed's physical properties in the three texts, I highlight the distinctions between the constraining seed of corporate industrial agriculture, and the social and agroecological opportunities resulting from what I call a "Seed Event". en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Viá Campesina (Organization) en_US
dc.subject National Farmers Union (Canada) en_US
dc.subject Seed industry and trade en_US
dc.subject Seed industry and trade en_US
dc.title A minor theory of the transit of materiality into discourse, Via Campesina. en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Social Justice and Equity Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Social Justice and Equity Studies Program en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Social Sciences en_US


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