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Becoming Organic: Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya

Shaila Seshia Galvin


Becoming Organic traces the social and bureaucratic life of organic quality, yielding fresh understandings of the meaning and practice of organic and sustainable agriculture. Decentering perspectives on organic farming that rely on the specific historical experiences of Europe and North America, the book examines how certified organic farming is introduced in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in northern India. Organic quality, the book argues, is best understood less as a material property of land or its produce than as something that is diffusely produced; it takes shape across discursive, ... More

Keywords: sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, quality, India, development, state-making, economic liberalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300215014
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300215014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaila Seshia Galvin, author
Graduate Institute of International Development Studies