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Varietals of CapitalismA Political Economy of the Changing Wine Industry$
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Xabier Itçaina, Antoine Roger, and Andy Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700439

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700439.001.0001

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Knowledge and Power in the Scientific Field

Knowledge and Power in the Scientific Field

(p.57) 3 Knowledge and Power in the Scientific Field
Varietals of Capitalism

Xabier Itçaina

Antoine Roger

Andy Smith

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between knowledge, science, and power that lay behind the 2008 wine policy reform. In France, beginning in the nineteenth century, organizations of wine growers and those with academic expertise were engaged in a synchronic structuration. The Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system itself is the product of this coincidence. Rapidly disseminated throughout France, it imposed the idea of national regulation of the wine trade through rules that defined the quality of “supply.” Mobilizing a dynamic conceptualization of fields, the chapter then shows that the role played by the sciences of vine and wine was a precondition for the production and legitimation of a new approach to the government of this industry.

Keywords:   2008 wine policy reform, wine growers, academic expertise, synchronic structuration, Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée

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