Techne, Technoscience, and the Circulation of Comestible Commodities: An Introduction

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In this “In Focus” introduction, we present the ways in which discourses of techne (craft or artisanship) and technoscience mediate the production, consumption, and circulation of food and drink. The authors in this “In Focus” examine food and drink as localized instances of large-scale spatial and temporal processes and as cultural-material markers of power/knowledge. Our work on the current controversies surrounding foie gras exemplifies how specialty commodities marketed as “artisanal” are simultaneously legitimated through technoscientific practices and invocations of tradition or nature. Claims to distinction based on tradition or “terroir” are also imbricated in global industrial production and distribution.

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