- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Duke University Press Books (December 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822346052
- ISBN-13: 978-0822346050
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects, and the Making of the Pill
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much-needed contribution to studies of post-1940 rural Mexico and of Echeverría’s era in particular. It will earn attention from regional scholars interested in the history of science and the history of state formation, political organization, and transnational business, in addition to a commodity studies audience. Finally, historians, anthropologists, and geographers interested in the ebb and flow of local knowledge will also find much use in this careful study.” - Emily Wakild, Hispanic American Historical Review
Mexico. . . . Soto Laveaga’s book is a powerful reminder of the complex local and international relationships involved in the production of medicinal drugs and the intricate social, economic and political impact this can have on individuals’ lives.” - Lara Marks, Medical History
barbasco that brings to the fore a little-known chapter in the creation of the contraceptive pill and analyses the way in which scientific issues go beyond metropolitan academic scientific communities and filter down to apparently remote pockets of rural societies engaged in the exportation of primary products. This splendid work suggests that social Latin American historians can make a significant contribution to understanding the recent political development of medicinal plants and human reproductive programmes. “ - Marcos Cueto, Journal of Latin American Studies
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"In this innovative and compelling book, Gabriela Soto Laveaga links together a host of phenomena crying out for attachment. "Jungle Laboratories "brings bioprospecting into conversation with Mexican nationalism; makes pharmaceutical development connect with campesinos striving for recognition as citizens and experts; locates the conjunction of contemporary bioscience and Latin American modernity; and finds the overgrown intersection of steroids and magical thinking--thereby giving us a ground-breaking postcolonial study of the roots of global biomedicine."--Warwick Anderson, author of "Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines"
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I think the reviewer (anahuac) that points out that this is a great story but needed some editing for clarity (and I would add brevity) is on the money.
The reviewer (vergara) that loved the book so much (also a UC San Diego grad - like the author ...) is right on the money about the research.
But again, the thesis, the evidence, and the importance of the argument are really very interesting, and I would have loved to have seen this in the hands of a far better writer. Students I read this with universally liked the topic but disliked the writing. Too bad.