Study on hegemony of genetically modified crops in Brazil receives international award
“GMO in Brazil as Political-Discursive Struggle: Approximating Hegemony and Decolonial Epistemology,” recognized as one of the best recent papers in the field of critical management studies, was presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in early August in Seattle.
The study analyzes the hegemony of genetically modified crops in Brazil over the last few decades, based on two central aspects: the expected role of Brazil and genetically modified crops in international geopolitics; and the imposition of Western knowledge that claims to be civilizing.
The paper was co-authored by Yuna Fontoura, the international accreditation coordinator at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV EBAPE), and Alketa Peci the president of the National Association for Graduate Studies and Research in Administration (ANPAD), who is also a professor at FGV EBAPE, in partnership with Professor Morgana Krieger of Bahia Federal University and Professor Flávia Naves of Lavras Federal University.
The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management is the world’s biggest academic congress in the area of administration, bringing together more than 10,000 academics. In their article, the authors analyze the agenda of genetically modified crops in Brazil and seek to understand how they became so widespread in the country, despite opposition from environmentalists and social movements. To understand this process, the authors looked at hegemonic formation in post-colonial contexts, connecting the construction of hegemony with decolonial epistemology.
“This analysis provides two main contributions to organizational studies: it promotes a deeper understanding of how hegemonies are consolidated over time in peripheral states and it promotes closer links between studies on hegemony and decolonial epistemology applied to the revelation of dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in rural political environments,” says Professor Yuna Fontoura.
To see the paper’s abstract, click here.