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La Corne de vache et le microscope: le vin ''nature'', entre sciences, croyances et radicalités

La Corne de vache et le microscope: le vin ''nature'', entre sciences, croyances et radicalités

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  • Publisher: Éditions la découverte
  • Language: French
  • Release date: 02/2019
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Dimensions: 22 x 13 cm
  • Weight: 306g
  • Format: softcover
  • ISBN: 9782348041747


In the 1980s, winegrowers in dissidence with the productivist winegrowing model and the use of synthetic chemicals transformed their practices to become "natural" winegrowers. This network, which is very well established in France, has since been able to attract new followers.

This new militant and heterogeneous peasantry bases its common identity on the respect of the soil and the environment, privileging preventive actions with the aim of tending towards an autonomy of the plant and the wines. Each step requires a total investment of these "winegrower-researchers" who can resort to biodynamics (compost made from cow dung introduced in horns for example) and/or microbiology (observation of indigenous yeasts under the microscope). Beyond the borders of knowledge, which are either in the categories of the sensible or esoteric, or of the intelligible or reason, they weave links.

Going to the vineyards of France where most of these winemakers are concentrated (Anjou, Ardèche, Beaujolais, Jura, Minervois, etc.), Christelle Pineau sought to understand the deep motivations of their radical and demanding choices that lead them to elaborate these so singular and plural wines.

The author:

Christelle Pineau has a doctorate in social anthropology and ethnology, and is a researcher associated with the Institut interdisciplinaire d'anthropologie du contemporain at EHESS. Her work focuses in particular on the field of wine, and crosses gender studies.

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