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From Collection to Cultivation

In a forthcoming special issue of The Journal of Ethnobotany, a contribution by project associate and HPS doctoral student Daniela Sclavo reveals the gendered assumptions built into pioneering ethnobotanical research in Mexico. As she argues, the first generation of Mexican ethnobotanists "placed women as part of the family unit and, therefore, as passive actors, while men were presented as the main agents and knowledge carriers. That is, within their celebratory and politically charged discourse, ethnobotanists also defined who had a place—or not—in traditional agricultural knowledge." The full article is available now in Early View.