Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
The normative-technological construction of a value chain: Moroccan argan oil
Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale)
SummaryThe intertwining and co-production of normative and technological strands in the politics of natural resource extraction are associated with the transformation of local knowledge into capitalizable intellectual property. The emergence of Moroccan argan oil on the world market shows how the integration of a forest resource in the global economy by means of normative and technological appropriation is organized. The ensuing transformation of the local legal configuration and the livelihood conditions of the local population are in the centre of analysis.