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Bolivian Quinoa in the context of globalization

Hammarling, Maria LU (2015) SGEK02 20142
Department of Human Geography
Abstract
The Bolivian quinoa has transformed from being a domestic food supply to being introduced to the global market. This transformation of the market has contributed to several social changes in the local society in the Altiplano, Bolivia, where quinoa has an ancient history of cultivation and consumption. By examining what determinant actors and underlying incitements that have contributed to the introduction of Bolivian quinoa to the global market, as well as to what extent it has led to social change, the concept of globalization is scrutinized. The study is conducted through a qualitative literature review of both academic articles and news from daily media of Bolivian and international origin. Material from the actors operating at the... (More)
The Bolivian quinoa has transformed from being a domestic food supply to being introduced to the global market. This transformation of the market has contributed to several social changes in the local society in the Altiplano, Bolivia, where quinoa has an ancient history of cultivation and consumption. By examining what determinant actors and underlying incitements that have contributed to the introduction of Bolivian quinoa to the global market, as well as to what extent it has led to social change, the concept of globalization is scrutinized. The study is conducted through a qualitative literature review of both academic articles and news from daily media of Bolivian and international origin. Material from the actors operating at the Bolivian quinoa arena are also included. The interpretation of theories considering globalization and the perception of local agency in comparison to global forces are conducted in the aim of understand the phenomenon. The findings of the study shows how globalization affects the local population and society in different directions dependent on the amount of connectedness to other places that is obtained. In the initial phase when a local commodity is introduced to the global market it is shown that the local agency is determinant on global forces and the local inherits dependency and vulnerability towards the global. When the connectedness to other places increases and stabilizes, it is possible to see how the local agency strengthens in the context of globalization. (Less)
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author
Hammarling, Maria LU
supervisor
organization
course
SGEK02 20142
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Bolivia, Quinoa, globalization, Altiplano, local agency, social change, local vulnerability.
language
English
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4933922
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2015-01-22 09:30:36
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  abstract     = {The Bolivian quinoa has transformed from being a domestic food supply to being introduced to the global market. This transformation of the market has contributed to several social changes in the local society in the Altiplano, Bolivia, where quinoa has an ancient history of cultivation and consumption. By examining what determinant actors and underlying incitements that have contributed to the introduction of Bolivian quinoa to the global market, as well as to what extent it has led to social change, the concept of globalization is scrutinized. The study is conducted through a qualitative literature review of both academic articles and news from daily media of Bolivian and international origin. Material from the actors operating at the Bolivian quinoa arena are also included. The interpretation of theories considering globalization and the perception of local agency in comparison to global forces are conducted in the aim of understand the phenomenon. The findings of the study shows how globalization affects the local population and society in different directions dependent on the amount of connectedness to other places that is obtained. In the initial phase when a local commodity is introduced to the global market it is shown that the local agency is determinant on global forces and the local inherits dependency and vulnerability towards the global. When the connectedness to other places increases and stabilizes, it is possible to see how the local agency strengthens in the context of globalization.},
  author       = {Hammarling, Maria},
  keyword      = {Bolivia,Quinoa,globalization,Altiplano,local agency,social change,local vulnerability.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bolivian Quinoa in the context of globalization},
  year         = {2015},
}