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Measuring Up: How Standards Shape our Lives

Public event   10.05.2007






Professor Lawrence Busch, University of Michigan State


The Auditorium, Symposium Hall (multimap link), Royal College of Surgeons, Hill Square, Edinburgh

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How do you measure up? Are you wearing standard-sized shoes? Is the chair in which you are now sitting of standard height? Did you pass a standardized examination to get your diploma? Does your car have a standard transmission? Does the effluent from the local factory conform to environmental standards? Did your doctor use standard ‘good medical practices’ in treating you last week? Is your body of standard weight for your height and sex? Did you pay the standard fare on the bus to work? Is this flyer printed on a standard sheet of A4 paper? Come to a non-standard lecture and find out how standards shape your life, that of everyone around you, and of nearly every object you use, often without your knowledge or approval.

Biographical Information

Lawrence Busch is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards at Michigan State University. He is co-author or co-editor of eleven books including Making Nature, Shaping Culture: Plant Biodiversity in Global Context (Nebraska, 1995), The Eclipse of Morality: Science, State, and Market (Aldine deGruyter, 2000), Agricultural Standards: The Shape Of The Global Food And Fiber System (Springer, 2005), and most recently, Universities in the Age of Corporate Science: The UC Berkeley–Novartis Controversy (Temple, 2007) as well as more than 150 other publications. He is past president of the Rural Sociological Society, past president of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Several years ago he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government. Dr. Busch’s interests include biotechnology and nanotechnology policy, food and agricultural standards, agricultural science and technology policy, higher education in agriculture, and public participation in the policy process. He is currently working on a general book on the nature of standards.

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