"Stretching the Friendship": On the Politics of Replicating a Dairy in East Timor

Christopher Shepherd, Martin R Gibbs

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    Abstract

    In this article, we address the problem of how technoscience knowledge and practices are translated when they are relocated during the highly organized, international encounters between cultures, often called "development." We examine efforts to build a "model" Australian dairy and instantiate Australian dairy practices in East Timor following East Timor's recent emergence as a nation-state. Through this ethnography of development's construction of a heterogeneous sociotechnical assemblage, we show how knowledge and power inform the practices that enable Western models of production and exchange to be reassembled in postcolonial spaces. In aiming to conduct a symmetrical anthropology of development based in the actor-network approach, we follow development's actors and actants as well as its epistemic divisions - nature and culture, human and nonhuman, us and them - into East Timor, arguing that the politics and agency of technology transfer is distributed among discourse, epistemology, and human and nonhuman actors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)668-701
    JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
    Volume31
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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