Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life by Kaushik Sunder Rajan ( review). Article (PDF Available) in East Asian Science Technology and Society an. Article. Genomic Capital: Public Cultures and Market Logics of Corporate Biotechnology · Kaushik Sunder Rajan. Science as Culture. Volume 12, – Issue 1. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Biocapital: The Constitution of. Postgenomic Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp.$, hardcover;.
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Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life by Kaushik Sunder Rajan
Getting access to companies and laboratories was made difficult by the value associated with intellectual property rights in the biotech industry. Sign up for Subject Matters email updates biocaoital receive discounts, new book announcements, and more.
Great exploration of the interplay and relationship between capital and the life-sciences.
It would be a great book for an advanced course in medical anthropology or technology studies. From witnessing an openly heated exchange between a corporate chief and a bioethicist in a conference in the United States to negotiating for access to interview subjects in Hyderabad in the face of deliberately bureaucratic hurdles, Kaushik Sunder Rajan attempts to come to biocapitl with the complexities of the brave new world of genomics.
Sunder Rajan integrates and explores in depth what many others only promise; i. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Furthermore, despite the seemingly optimistic proliferation of data in the information-scapes, the rakan of neoliberal global capitalism persist in new manifestations.
This is where India comes as a useful counterpoint. Reaching a point in a chapter that justifies its catchy but otherwise unclarifying title should not be a major achievement of a chapter.
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Like many anthropologists, Sunder Rajan is at bbiocapital best when he connects particular reporting on field sites and informants with theoretical discussions on Marx and Foucault. His interest in the relation between biotech companies and pharmaceutical corporations led him to approach various business ventures and present requests for interviews and participant observation.
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. Withoutabox Submit to Rajxn Festivals. We’ll see how this goes, teaching it this summer in Bioethics. Vivian rated it liked it Jul 20, Hence biocapital, which asks questions of the implications for life sciences when performed in corporations, and for capitalism, when biotechnology becomes a key source of market value.
Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits. Sign-in or register now to continue. For instance, this book is guilty of what I regard with suspicion as unnecessary invention of phrases and lengthy attempts to invest these phrases with significance.
Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. For Sunder Rajan, biocapital is the result of the combination of capitalism and life sciences under conditions of globalization.
Biocapital is a major theoretical contribution to science studies and political economy. 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.
Biocapital : the constitution of post-genomic life
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That said, this book might be A densely theorized work of multi-sited ethnography, Sunder Rajan examines genomics in Silicon Valley and India from a Marxist perspective, developing a complex and deeply interwoven account of an implosion of science, truth, value, economics, and national and corporate agendas.
Capitalisms and Biotechnologies 1 Part I. As Sunder Rajan underscores, one doesn’t need to adhere to Marx’s political agenda in order to interpret his writings “I believe that Marx himself is often read too simply as heralding inevitable communist revolution”. Nathaniel Husted rated it liked it Mar 29, Some features of this site may not work without it.
The phrases displace, or replace, analysis; they stand in for analysis; sometimes they become repeated in lieu of analysis in others’ texts. Set up a giveaway. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Duke University Press, In India, corporations and research centers had a more open attitude to the ethnographer, who could fit into the more fluid environment and leverage his ethnic identity; but the bureaucratic state imposed additional hurdles through paperwork and red tape.
Your Friend’s First Name: Akila Ally rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Want to Read saving…. It should be approachable because of the story-telling that goes on in ethnography. References to this book The Logic of Care: Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Biocapital: 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 to It is “an ethos marked by an apparent irrationality, excess, gambling.