By Laura A. Foster
Native to the Kalahari wilderness, Hoodia gordonii is a succulent plant recognized by means of generations of Indigenous San peoples to have a number of makes use of: to minimize starvation, elevate power, and straightforwardness breastfeeding. within the international North, it truly is referred to as a typical urge for food suppressant, a former megastar of the booming nutrition undefined. In Reinventing Hoodia, Laura Foster explores how the plant was once reinvented via patent possession, pharmaceutical study, the self-determination efforts of Indigenous San peoples, contractual profit sharing, advertisement improvement as an natural complement, and bioprospecting legislation.
Using a feminist decolonial technoscience procedure, Foster argues that even though patent legislation is inherently racialized, gendered, and Western, it provided possibilities for Indigenous San peoples, South African scientists, and Hoodia growers to make unequal claims for belonging in the transferring politics of South Africa. This radical interdisciplinary and intersectional account of the a number of materialities of Hoodia illuminates the co-constituted connections among legislation, technology, and undefined, whereas demonstrating how those domain names worth definite sorts of wisdom and topic differently.�
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