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Decolonizing KnowledgeFrom Development to Dialogue$
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Frédérique Apffel-Marglin and Stephen A. Marglin

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288848.001.0001

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Hosting the Otherness of the Other: The Case of the Green Revolution

Hosting the Otherness of the Other: The Case of the Green Revolution

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(p.249) 7 Hosting the Otherness of the Other: The Case of the Green Revolution
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Decolonizing Knowledge
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Gustavo Esteva

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288848.003.0007

This chapter attempts attempts a radical pluralist approach in analyzing the marginalization experienced by the several different knowledge systems that were utilized during the Green Revolution. The chapter asserts that it is necessary for both modern technological measures and traditional techniques to exercise a certain degree of hospitality towards each other, since hosting another approach does not require adopting the methods of the other. Instead, hospitality embraces how these two aspects may be able to accept each other’s existence. The chapter retells the life stories of Fidel Palafox, Marte R. Gómez, and Efraím Hernández Xolocotzi, and illustrates how they reacted to and are affected by the various events brought about by the ‘Green Revolution’.

Keywords:   pluralist approach, marginalization, knowledge systems, modern technology, traditional techniques, Fidel Palafox, Marte R. Gómez, Efraím Hernández Xolocotzi, Green Revolution

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