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Title: Encountering Bioinfrastructure: Ecological Struggles and the Sciences of Soil
Authors: Puigde la Bellacasa, Maria
First Published: 23-Dec-2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Citation: Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy, 2014, 28 (1), pp. 26-40
Abstract: What humans know about the soil has material implications for the future of life on Earth. This paper looks at how soil is in the process of becoming visible as a living world at the heart of an epoch marked by technoscientific management of the environment. Scientific knowledge of the natural world is encountering a range of collectives and individuals striving to renew humans' relationships with non human and organic ways of life. Soil is an interesting case for the study of absence: all around, yet hardly apparent for many of us. Drawing upon Susan Leigh Star's approach to "residues" and "infrastructures" allows soil to appear in all its ecological significance, as the final home to all residues and the dismissed infrastructure of bios. The aim of this essay is not only contributing to make soil visible, but to treat its passing into visibility as an event in its own right that reveals soil's ambivalent material and cultural significance. As ecological visions come to reclaim this mistreated living ecosystem, it is not only the knowledge about soil that could be transformed but the soil itself. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02691728.2013.862879
ISSN: 0269-1728
eISSN: 1464-5297
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Epistemology on 23 December 2013, available online:
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