Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life (Paperback)Kaushik Sunder Rajan (author)
- We can order this
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.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 156 x 24 mm
"Biocapital is excellent. It offers new insight into both late capitalism and the life sciences and also provides material and arguments for rethinking foundational concepts such as `valuation' and `exchange.'"-Kim Fortun, author of Advocacy after Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders
"Reading Kaushik Sunder Rajan's Biocapital fills me with the same intellectual and personal excitement I felt reading Marx's Capital and Foucault's History of Sexuality for the first time. Biocapital gives a passionate, thoroughly argued road map to dense and consequential worlds that I already inhabit, but have not known how to describe with the vividness and acumen required. Sunder Rajan integrates and explores in depth what many others only promise; i.e., the coproductions of meanings, values, and bodies in emerging regimes of biocapital. In the course of shaping ethnographic and theoretical inquiry into what he calls `lively capital,' Sunder Rajan gives his readers lively value in every sense."-Donna Haraway, author of Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan (c)_Meets_OncoMouse (TM)
"Biocapital is a deft, complex, and carefully argued work." -- Cori Hayden * American Anthropologist *
"Biocapital has more than enough interesting verifiable claims to make it essential reading for anyone studying biotechnology and other contemporary hype-driven fields like nanotechnology and alternative energy." -- Joseph November * ISIS *
"Biocapital presents an intriguing analysis of the bioscience industry, especially the capitalist imperatives behind technological developments. . . . Thus for the bioethics audience it presents an engaging study of the biosciences both in relation to the presentation and valuation of ethics and the interdependence of science and markets." -- Kean Birch * American Journal of Bioethics *
You may also be interested in...
Please sign in to write a review