Technoscience and Globalized Moral Economies

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This paper explores three moral economies that regulate the production and circulation of things and economic transactions: kosher (a Hebrew term meaning ‘fit’ or ‘proper’), halal (an Arabic word that literally means ‘permissible’ or ‘lawful’), and Hindu vegetarianism. Over the last three decades, these moral economies have been shaped by new forms of globalized religious technoscience, and nowhere is this process more apparent than in biotechnological production. In this paper, technoscience denotes material technology and specialized social expertise that also contributes to knowledge production, globally, and a sense of what it means to be human, which includes the component of faith. Drawing largely on my ongoing fieldwork conducted, since 2005, at Novozymes in Denmark, which is the world’s largest producer of enzymes and adheres to kosher, halal, and Hindu vegetarian standards, I explore how these moral economies are conditioned by a particular kind of globalized religious technoscience
Udgave nummer7
Sider (fra-til)1054-1067
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 2022


  • Globalization
  • moral economies
  • technoscience
  • kosher
  • halal
  • vegetarianism

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