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Biocapital The Constitution of Postgenomic Life

ISBN-10: 0822337207
ISBN-13: 9780822337201
Edition: 2006 (Annotated)
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Description: "Biocapital" is a major theoretical contribution to science studies and political economy. Grounding his analysis in a multi-sited ethnography of genomic research and drug development marketplaces in the United States and India, Kaushik Sunder Rajan  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

"Biocapital" is a major theoretical contribution to science studies and political economy. Grounding his analysis in a multi-sited ethnography of genomic research and drug development marketplaces in the United States and India, Kaushik Sunder Rajan argues that contemporary biotechnologies such as genomics can only be understood in relation to the economic markets within which they emerge. Sunder Rajan conducted fieldwork in biotechnology labs and in small start-up companies in the United States (mostly in the San Francisco Bay area) and India (mainly in New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bombay) over a five-year period spanning 1999 to 2004. He draws on his research with scientists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and policymakers to compare drug development in the two countries, examining the practices and goals of research, the financing mechanisms, the relevant government regulations, and the hype and marketing surrounding promising new technologies. In the process, he illuminates the global flow of ideas, information, capital, and people connected to biotech initiatives. Sunder Rajan's ethnography informs his theoretically sophisticated inquiry into how the contemporary world is shaped by the marriage of biotechnology and market forces, by what he calls technoscientific capitalism. Bringing Marxian theories of value into conversation with Foucaultian notions of biopolitics, he traces how the life sciences came to be significant producers of both economic and epistemic value in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Capitalisms and Biotechnologies
Circulations
Exchange and Value: Contradictions in Market Logic in American and Indian Genome Enterprises
Life and Debt: Global and Local Political Ecologies of Biocapital
Articulations
Vision and Hype: The Conjuration of Promissory Biocapitalist Futures
Promise and Fetish: Genomic Facts and Personalized Medicine, or Life Is a Business Plan
Salvation and Nation: Underlying Belief Structures of Biocapital
Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups: The Story of an E-learning Company
Coda: Surplus and Symptom
Notes
References
Index

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