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Journal Article

Rites of Passage: Constructing Quality in a Commodity Subsector

Lawrence Busch and Keiko Tanaka
Science, Technology, & Human Values
Vol. 21, No. 1 (Winter, 1996), pp. 3-27
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/689791
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

This article extends the concept of symmetry to ethics. Using the case of canola in Canada, the authors argue that grades and standards simultaneously subject humans and nonhumans to rites of passage that test their "goodness." Then, they further develop a tentative typology of standards. The authors argue that these standards allow something resembling the neoclassical market to be established, create the conditions for economic analysis, and allocate power among human actors.

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