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Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime$
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Lino Camprubí

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027175

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027175.001.0001

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One Grain, One Nation: Rice Genetics and the Corporate State (1936–1952)

One Grain, One Nation: Rice Genetics and the Corporate State (1936–1952)

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Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime
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Lino Camprubí

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027175.003.0004

This chapter traces rice seeds as they circulated from the genetics laboratory through a vertically organized system for production and consumption onto the Spanish landscape. Rice production in Spain during the early years of Francoism offers an illuminating example of the links between agricultural research and state corporatism. Agronomists who were engaged in rice breeding placed themselves at the center of a vertically integrated system that attempted to unify state politics, capital and labor issues, and scientific research. The scientific laboratory was able to shape the system from within and to capitalize on it to obtain new seeds and distribute them throughout the Spanish territory. Seeds provide a new entry point into the actual functioning of the regime's vertical unions. They also explain the transformation of the Guadalquivir marshes into a rice producing landscape.

Keywords:   Rice, Seeds, Vertical Unions, Guadalquivir, INIA, Breeding, Genetics, Agronomy

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