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翻譯:丁輕(簡介並寄信)
編輯:劉夏泱(簡介並寄信)

概論

本課程思考20世紀農業和食品生產系統中的科學與技術的結合。其中一個基本的思想是,當事物被工業化和定量配置之後,它們就會遵循特定的歷史模式,在不同的地方一次又一次地重演。然而,另一個基本思想是,當地的情況並不完全適合發展後的模式,所以歷史學家必須認真地對待各方面之間的區別,宏觀和微觀的、普遍和特殊的、國家和農民之間的。我們將透過閱讀有關鄉野生活,科學機構,技術和管理創新,農業生產,美國及第三世界國家的政治,這些方面的歷史學及人類學論文來理解以上問題。

要求

學生必須出席每一堂課,為討論指定的閱讀資料作準備,並輪流主持每週的討論。雖然這門課沒有考試,但是每位學生都必須就自己感興趣的話題寫一篇具原創性的研究論文,或者在參考一系列課外閱讀材料的基礎上,寫一篇書目論文。


 

Overview

This class considers the intersection of science and technology with agriculture and food production systems in the 20th century. A basic premise is that, when things become industrialized and rationalized, they follow particular historical patterns that tend to play themselves out over and over in different locations. Another premise, however, is that local circumstances never quite fit the patterns that have evolved, and historians must pay close attention to the differences between the micro and the macro, the universal and the particular, the state and the farmer. We attempt to understand these things by reading historical and anthropological essays on the relation between rural life, scientific institutions, technological and managerial innovations, agricultural production, and politics in America and the third world.

Requirements

Students are required to attend all classes and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Students take turns leading the weekly discussions. Although there are no exams, each student must write either an original research paper on a topic of interest to the student or a bibliographic essay on a set of outside readings.