Broocks, Anne (2020) Mangroves, hygiene and exclusion – A global science authority in Guayaquil´s mangrove swamps?. [Talk] In: Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science (BIGSSS) Colloquium. , Summer 2020, Bremen - Online .

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Mangroves as a place to smuggle cacao and cocaine, at the same time an ancestral semi-nomad´s territory. The home of the nationwide delicacy, the red mangrove crab and at the same time a place to dump rubbish. The production of shrimps for export and also a protected area. The mangrove forests in and around Guayaquil are a challenging, a degraded and a precious piece of nature at the same time. Due to its complexity and contradictions, it is a rich research ground to understand processes of meaning-making in the human-nature-relationship. In this paper I present first findings on how scientific knowledge creation has influenced everyday life in the Guayaquil mangrove swamps and vice versa. Therefore I discuss the dynamics between scientific knowledge, imaginations of hygiene and marginalization processes in Ecuador´s biggest port city Guayaquil. Ethnographic and archival data was collected during an eight months research period in Guayaquil and its surrounding mangroves between June 2019 and February 2020. Drawing on the Communicative and Discursive Constructivism, I am using the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse as a methodological framework (Keller 2001, Keller 2005, Keller 2011a, Keller 2011b). My research is part of the interdisciplinary project ‘Meaning of Mangroves’ developed by Hornidge and Paladines (2017) within the Development and Knowledge Sociology working group by the Leibniz-Center for Tropical Marine Research.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)
Programme Area (enter as: PA1/PA2/PA3/PA4/PA5): PA4
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Development and Knowledge Sociology
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2020 13:37
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 13:01

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