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Dreamscapes of ModernitySociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power$
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Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276496

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276663.001.0001

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Corporate Imaginaries of Biotechnology and Global Governance

Corporate Imaginaries of Biotechnology and Global Governance

Syngenta, Golden Rice, and Corporate Social Responsibility

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(p.254) Twelve Corporate Imaginaries of Biotechnology and Global Governance
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Dreamscapes of Modernity
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Elta Smith

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226276663.003.0012

This chapter looks at the evolution of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and discusses the multinational biotechnology company Syngenta's involvement in the development and commercialization of Golden Rice as a CSR project for international agriculture and the modes of governance that correspond to these activities. The chapter argues that Syngenta's corporate imaginary of biotechnology creates a “humanitarian contract” that presumes a static relationship between donor and recipient, raising questions about the democratic viability of these programs.

Keywords:   sociotechnical imaginary, corporate social responsibility, Golden Rice, biotechnology, global governance

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