Human-Mediated World: Understanding Jatropha Development In Indonesia

Yuti A Fatimah


This paper uses Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to understand the relation between farmers and nature by seeing how this shapes their participation in agricultural initiatives. Using Jatropha development in indonesia as focus, this paper show that actants’ relation with nature is mediated through different. Sometimes conflicting, paths. In building the argument, this paper use a historical narrative started from Jatropha research in the laboratory in 2002 up to foreign investment after 2008. This paper identifies three period of Jatropha development in Indonesia in which its classification are based on its actors. Additionally, this paper identifies two type of substituation called function-oriented and actant-oriented determining the network durability. © 2014 Journal of Rural Indonesia [JoRI] IPB. All rights reserved.

Keywords: actant, durability, function, Jatropha, nature

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Journal of Rural Indonesia [JoRI] (ISSN: 2356-1890 | E-ISSN: 2356-1882), published by Department of Communication and Community Development SciencesFaculty of Human EcologyBogor Agricultural University.