"Stretching the friendship" On the politics of replicating a dairy in East Timor
AuthorShepherd, CJ; Gibbs, MR
Source TitleScience, Technology and Human Values
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsShepherd, C. J. & Gibbs, M. R. (2006). "Stretching the friendship" On the politics of replicating a dairy in East Timor. SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & HUMAN VALUES, 31 (6), pp.668-701. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243906291866.
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In this article, we address the problem of how technoscience knowledge and practices are translated when they are relocated during the highly organized, international encounters between cultures, often called “development.” We examine efforts to build a “model” Australian dairy and instantiate Australian dairy practices in East Timor following East Timor’s recent emergence as a nation-state. Through this ethnography of development’s construction of a heterogeneous sociotechnical assemblage, we show how knowledge and power inform the practices that enable Western models of production and exchange to be reassembled in postcolonial spaces. In aiming to conduct a symmetrical anthropology of development based in the actor-network approach, we follow development’s actors and actants as well as its epistemic divisions—nature and culture, human and nonhuman, us and them—into East Timor, arguing that the politics and agency of technology transfer is distributed among discourse, epistemology, and human and nonhuman actors.
KeywordsHistory and Philosophy of Specific Fields
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