Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects, and the Making of the Pill

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9780822346050: Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects, and the Making of the Pill
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"In this innovative and compelling book, Gabriela Soto Laveaga links together a host of phenomena crying out for attachment. Jungle Laboratories brings bioprospecting into conversation with Mexican nationalism; makes pharmaceutical development connect with campesinos striving for recognition as citizens and experts; locates the conjunction of contemporary bioscience and Latin American modernity; and finds the overgrown intersection of steroids and magical thinking--thereby giving us a groundbreaking postcolonial study of the roots of global biomedicine."--Warwick Anderson, author of Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines "In Jungle Laboratories, the reader tramps through the humid tropical lowlands of southern Mexico with the pickers, cutters, and processors of barbasco, whose chemical properties were essential to the early manufacture of steroids and contraceptives. While President Luis Echeverria's effort to form a state-controlled national pharmaceutical industry with barbasco-based contraceptive production at its core failed as an economic enterprise, it brought organized barbasco workers material benefits and a new sense of political agency while it sensitized government 'experts' to the importance of local knowledge."--Mary Kay Vaughan, co-editor of The Eagle and the Virgin: Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920-1940

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In the 1940s chemists discovered that barbasco, a wild yam indigenous to Mexico, could be used to mass produce synthetic steroid hormones. Barbasco spurred the development of new drugs, including cortisone and the first viable oral contraceptives, and positioned Mexico as a major player in the global pharmaceutical industry. Yet few people today are aware of Mexico's role in achieving these advances in modern medicine. In "Jungle Laboratories", Gabriela Soto Laveaga reconstructs the story of how rural yam pickers, international pharmaceutical companies, and the Mexican state collaborated and collided over the barbasco. By so doing, she sheds important light on a crucial period in Mexican history and challenges us to reconsider 'who' can produce science. Soto Laveaga traces the political, economic, and scientific development of the global barbasco industry from its emergence in the 1940s, to its appropriation by a populist Mexican state in 1970, to its obsolescence in the mid-1990s. She focuses primarily on the rural southern region of Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, where the yam grew most freely and where scientists relied on local, indigenous knowledge to cultivate and harvest the plant. Rural Mexicans, at first unaware of the pharmaceutical and financial value of barbasco, later acquired and deployed scientific knowledge to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, lobby the Mexican government, and ultimately transform how urban Mexicans perceived them. By illuminating how the yam made its way from the jungles of Mexico, to domestic and foreign scientific laboratories where it was transformed into pills, to the medicine cabinets of millions of women across the globe, "Jungle Laboratories" urges us to recognize the ways that Mexican peasants attained social and political legitimacy in the twentieth century, and positions Latin America as a major producer of scientific knowledge.

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