"Becoming Organic" by Shaila Seshia Galvin

Becoming Organic Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya Shaila Seshia Galvin

Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Publication date:
23 Mar 2021
Yale University Press
320 pages: 216 x 140mm
17 b-w illus.

Tracing the social and bureaucratic life of organic quality, this book yields new understandings of this fraught concept. Shaila Seshia Galvin examines certified organic agriculture in India’s central Himalayas, revealing how organic is less a material property of land or its produce than a quality produced in discursive, regulatory, and affective registers. Becoming Organic is a nuanced account of development practice in rural India, as it has unfolded through complex relationships forged among state authorities, private corporations, and new agrarian intermediaries.

Shaila Seshia Galvin is an assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked with the Institute of Development Studies, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the UK Food Ethics Council.