Dynamics of Perpetuation: The Politics of Keeping Highly Toxic Pesticides on the Market in Ecuador

S.G. Sherwood, M. Paredes

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Abstract

Based on reflective practice over 15 years in Ecuador, the authors examine the perpetuation of knowingly harmful public policy in highly toxic pesticides. They study how actors cooperate, collude, and collide in advancing certain technological agenda, even when against public interests. Ultimately, entrenchment of perspective opened up space for arrival of new social actors and competing activity and transition. In light of struggles for sustainability, the authors find neglected policy opportunities in the heterogeneity of peoples' daily practices and countermovements, leading to a call for further attention to the inherently incoherent, complex, and irresolvable human face of sociotechnical change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-44
JournalNature and Culture
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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