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Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness

1st Edition

By Robert Hafner


254 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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Environmental justice research and activism predominantly focus on openly conflictive situations; claims making is central. However, situations of injustice can still occur even if there is no overt conflict. Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness fills this gap by applying an environmental justice incommensurabilities framework to reveal the mechanisms of why conflicts do not arise in particular situations, even though they fall within classic environmental justice schemes.

Empirically, the case study focus is on the remote soy frontier in Northwest Argentina, particularly the town of Las Lajitas as the nucleus of soy production. This represents an excellent example of the recent expansion of the soy agribusiness industry in Latin America. First, a classic environmental justice analysis is carried out. Second, and drawing on the epistemological works of Ludwik Fleck, an alternative analytical framework is proposed, visualising locals’ thought styles on change, effects and potential conflict in relation to soy agribusiness. Here, visceral elements and the application of a jazz methodology are vital for a more holistic form of multisensory cognition. Third, incommensurabilities among the classic and alternative approach are uncovered, arguing for the importance of temporal and spatial contexts in environmental justice research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Meta-contextualisation

2. Thought styles and incommensurabilities

3. Method(olog)ical consequences

Part II: Contextualisation

4. (Environmental) Justice

5. Argentina and soy agribusiness

Part III: Re-contextualisation

6. Latin America and environmental justice

7. Chaco Salteño and the environmental justice incommensurabilities framework (EJIF)

8. The case of Las Lajitas: two approaches

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Robert Hafner is a postdoctoral researcher, funded by the Post-DocTrack Pilot Program of the OeAW, and a member of the Work Group Development Studies and Sustainability Research, the Institute of Geography, Innsbruck University, Austria.

About the Series

Earthscan Food and Agriculture

Earthscan Food and Agriculture
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to food and agriculture, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Agribusiness
NATURE / Ecology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Agronomy / Crop Science