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Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, & Society in the American Countryside

Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, & Society in the American Countryside

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  • Benjamin R Cohen
  • Yale University Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780300177701
  • 8.9 X 5.7 X 0.7 inches
  • 0.85 pounds
  • Technology & Engineering > History
  • English
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Integrating the history of science, environmental history, and science studies, Notes from the Ground examines the cultural conditions that brought agriculture and science together in early America.

Notes from the Ground

Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, & Society in the American Countryside

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Benjamin Cohen is a historian, environmental studies, and Science & Technology Studies (STS) scholar. He co-hosted the internet's only undefeated podcast about small college life, Various Breads and Butters (try here too) from 2015 until its finale in 2019. He is an Associate Professor of Engineering Studies and Environmental Studies, and an affiliated member of the History Department, at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

In work beyond campus, he is a Series Editor for “Public Thinker” at Public Books, an editorial board member for MIT Press’s History for a Sustainable Future book series, and a long-ago Lists Editor at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. From 2005 until 2011, he taught in the Department of STS at U.Va., where he was a founder and director of The UVA Food Collaborative and founder and curator of the now-defunct but once grand Thornton Hall Art Gallery.

Cohen was trained as a historian and an engineer, worked in industry for a few years as a polymer researcher, and then pursued graduate work as a return to historical studies. He earned a Ph.D. on the History Track of STS from Virginia Tech (2005), writing about environmental history and the history of science. That became Notes from the Ground, set within the early American Republic. His second book, Pure Adulteration, carried that interest into the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with a story about the origins of modern food regulation, the pure food crusades, and new worries over sincerity, artifice, and nature. He also co-edited Acquired Tastes: Stories about the Origins of Modern Food (MIT, 2021) with Anna Zeide and Michael Kideckel. Each project works to explore the origins of modern industrial food and agriculture. In teaching and local activities, he works with students, faculty, others across campus, and community members to move beyond the limitations of that industrial system. The co-edited Technoscience and Environmental Justice (with Gwen Ottinger) is a contribution to this second area of research.

In the time left over he writes for various forums outside the academy, some interviews, some satire, a few personal essays, and most of it on-line.

 

Source: brcohen.net

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