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Becoming Organic

Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)

Shaila Seshia Galvin


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A rich, original study of the social and bureaucratic life of organic quality that challenges assumptions of what organic means

Shaila Seshia Galvin examines certified organic agriculture in India’s central Himalayas, revealing how the fraught concept of organic is less a material property of land or its produce than a quality produced in discursive, regulatory, and affective registers. Becoming Organic is a nuanced account of development practice in rural India, as it has unfolded through complex relationships forged among state authorities, private corporations, and new agrarian intermediaries.

Yale University Press, 9780300215014, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

About the Author

Shaila Seshia Galvin is an assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked with the Institute of Development Studies, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the UK Food Ethics Council.