The book follows the controversy over the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. I look at the production and use of scientific expert knowledges and other knowledges and at the processes of globalization and localization, or political geography, as enacted in the case of GMOs. I also follow and analyse the processes whereby the legitimacy of agricultural GMOs is constructed or subverted and the strategies for the de/materialization of GMOs. I show that representations in the regimes of science, law and political deliberation do not play as crucial a role as is claimed in modern political thought, and argue that this renders problematic the concept of the "deliberative" or "consultation" procedures introduced into the current European governance to increase the political participation of citizens.
Stöckelová, Tereza. 2008. Biotechnologizace: legitimita, materialita a možnosti odporu. Praha: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i. 160 s. ISBN 978-80-7330-152-1.