The Production of Knowledge and the Production of Commodities: The Case of Rapeseed Technoscience

The Production of Knowledge and the Production of Commodities: The Case of Rapeseed Technoscience Abstract A crucial issue in the theory of technological change—the transformation of knowledge into commodities in agriculture—is examined through the role that technoscience played in the transformation of rapeseed (Brassica campestris and B. napus) from a minor crop used largely for marine lubricants into a major global competitor in edible oil markets. The study is based on a content analysis of the worldwide bibliography of rapeseed. A network approach is used to show that emergence and successful development of the rapeseed commodity subsector included three simultaneously occurring and interacting developments: production of new knowledge, modification of commodities, and extension of rapeseed production networks. Implications of the network approach for the analysis of agricultural development are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rural Sociology Wiley

The Production of Knowledge and the Production of Commodities: The Case of Rapeseed Technoscience

Rural Sociology, Volume 59 (4) – Dec 1, 1994

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Wiley
Copyright
1994 Rural Sociological Society
ISSN
0036-0112
eISSN
1549-0831
DOI
10.1111/j.1549-0831.1994.tb00549.x
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Abstract

Abstract A crucial issue in the theory of technological change—the transformation of knowledge into commodities in agriculture—is examined through the role that technoscience played in the transformation of rapeseed (Brassica campestris and B. napus) from a minor crop used largely for marine lubricants into a major global competitor in edible oil markets. The study is based on a content analysis of the worldwide bibliography of rapeseed. A network approach is used to show that emergence and successful development of the rapeseed commodity subsector included three simultaneously occurring and interacting developments: production of new knowledge, modification of commodities, and extension of rapeseed production networks. Implications of the network approach for the analysis of agricultural development are discussed.

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Rural SociologyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 1994

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