When Nature Goes Public The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico

ISBN-10: 0691095574
ISBN-13: 9780691095578
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Bioprospecting--the exchange of plants for corporate promises of royalties or community development assistance--has been lauded as a way to develop new medicines while offering southern nations and indigenous communities an incentive to preserve their rich biodiversity. But can pharmaceutical profits really advance conservation and indigenous rights? How much should companies pay and to whom? Who stands to gain and lose? The first anthropological study of the practices mobilized in the name and in the shadow of bioprospecting, this book takes us into the unexpected sites where Mexican scientists and American companies venture looking for medicinal plants and local knowledge. Cori Hayden tracks bioprospecting's contentious new promise--and the contradictory activities generated in its name. Focusing on a contract involving Mexico's National Autonomous University, Hayden examines the practices through which researchers, plant vendors, rural collectors, indigenous cooperatives, and other actors put prospecting to work. By paying unique attention to scientific research, she provides a key to understanding which people and plants are included in the promise of "selling biodiversity to save it"--and which are not. And she considers the consequences of linking scientific research and rural "enfranchisement" to the logics of intellectual property. Roving across UN protocols, botanical collecting histories, Mexican nationalist agendas, neoliberal property regimes, and North-South relations,When Nature Goes Publiccharts the myriad, emergent publics that drive and contest the global market in biodiversity and its futures.

List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction
Neoliberal Natures
Interests and Publics: On (Ethno)science and Its Accountabilities
Neoliberalism's Nature
Prospecting in Mexico: Rights, Risk, and Regulation
Public Prospecting
Market Research: When Local Knowledge Is Public Knowledge
By the Side of the Road: The Contours of a Field Site
HREE: Prospecting'S Publics
The Brine Shrimp Assay: Signs of Life, Sites of Value
Presumptions of Interest
Remaking Prospecting's Publics
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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