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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

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

Elta Smith

University of Chicago Press

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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