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Maize: An Ethnohistory

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Two explains how maize has been racialized in two distinct manners: singularly as “la raza maíz,” an emblem for indigenous or marginal peoples in Mexico, and in the plural, as with the ... More


Species Don’t Exist: Theorizing Life Forms

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Seven samples my various discussions with botanists about how the species concept holding up. Their answers are consistently surprising, provocative and insightful. Taxonomists, I learn, are ... More


Living Ethnographies: Of Plants and Arguments

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Six offers tours of the three gardens’ living collections, as well as discussions with taxonomists about how they decide what plants to display and how they organize their field collecting ... More


How to Interview a Plant: Ethnography of Life Forms

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Nine details my efforts to shift the ethnographic focus of this work onto the plants themselves. I narrate this through a nine-step, “how to” process, one that deploys “thin description” ... More


Care and Its Publics: Peopling Botanical Gardens

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Eight shifts gears to consider how publics are engaged by the gardens. This chapter shows how people varyingly interact with and respond to botanical knowledge as they encounter plants along ... More


Follow the Species: In and Out of Labs

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter One relates the history of maize genome sequencing projects, highlighting the competition between researchers in the U.S. and Mexico, then explaining how they combined to hone an “intimate ... More


Racial Thinking: Transgenics versus Razas

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Three examines racial thinking from a number of angles, beginning with the nativist anxiety over transgenic threats to the razas de maíz that has pulsated through Mexican public discourse ... More


Selfing: The Sexual History of a Species

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Four goes inside the lab, examining the genetic techniques by which the razas de maíz are broken down into mapping populations—more manageable samples of genetic structure and material. The ... More


Species Thinking: Calibrating Knowledge of Life Forms

John Hartigan Jr.

in Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816685301
eISBN:
9781452958750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Five is about species thinking—the capacity for thought to move through life forms, not as specimens but as complex assemblages distended in time and space. This capacity arises from ... More


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