Chapter four moves beyond context to critique how concepts such as protection are used to justify inequitable practices and social relations to demonstrate how narrative legitimates destructive interventions and normalizes hierarchical social relations, particularly gender relations. It explores the gendered dimensions of agriculture to see how these emerge in actual practice. The presumed need for protection can be a slippery slope towards control and domination, so merits conscious reflection on how this need is assessed and why narratives of need are told and retold. In addition to critique, however, this chapter asks how—with conscious reflection—concepts such as reciprocity, obligation, and even protection might become the foundation for revised relations in the biotic community.
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