Pharmocracy: Value, Politics, and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine - Experimental Futures (Hardback)
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Pharmocracy: Value, Politics, and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine - Experimental Futures (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 03/03/2017
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Continuing his pioneering theoretical explorations into the relationships among biosciences, the market, and political economy, Kaushik Sunder Rajan introduces the concept of pharmocracy to explain the structure and operation of the global hegemony of the multinational pharmaceutical industry. He reveals pharmocracy's logic in two case studies from contemporary India: the controversial introduction of an HPV vaccine in 2010, and the Indian Patent Office's denial of a patent for an anticancer drug in 2006 and ensuing legal battles. In each instance health was appropriated by capital and transformed from an embodied state of well-being into an abstract category made subject to capital's interests. These cases demonstrate the precarious situation in which pharmocracy places democracy, as India's accommodation of global pharmaceutical regulatory frameworks pits the interests of its citizens against those of international capital. Sunder Rajan's insights into this dynamic make clear the high stakes of pharmocracy's intersection with health, politics, and democracy.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822363132
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Through extensive ethnographic interviewing of a range of individuals from patients to parents, from the producer of generic drugs in India to civil society advocates in both the Gleevec and Gardasil cases, Pharmocracy provides a rich account of some of the more complex emotive concerns surrounding these moral, legal and financial questions of knowledge, value and politics. These are substantiated with in-depth triangulation of policy and legal documentation and philosophical thought. It is expertly researched and presented by a world-leading academic in the field who has devoted considerable research to the moral and philosophical concerns of the biomedical." -- Clare Wenham * LSE Review of Books *
"Kaushik Sunder Rajan's highly anticipated book Pharmocracy is a rich, multilayered look at the pharmaceutical industry in India. . . . Sunder Rajan provides an insightful analysis of the regimes of value of the Indian pharmaceutical industry as it has become increasing aligned with the multinational pharmaceutical industry." -- Anne Pollock * Medical Anthropology Quarterly *
"Pharmocracy draws attention to the myriad forms of labor mobilized by the pharmaceutical (legal, clinical, volunteer, affective, and political) as well as the unruly properties of biological life itself and the growing ability to harness its (re)generative energies. These are vital questions, given how much pharmaceuticals have come to matter-as economic force, governmental conundrum, and active agent in the lives of humans and increasingly the environment- and to Pharmocracy we owe the debt of having begun to ask them." -- Vinh-Kim Nguyen * Current Anthropology *
"Pharmocracy is an important and essential book, one that pays attention to these multiple iterations of power across institutions, industries, legal regimes, and place. It is one of the first ethnographic studies that articulates the politics of global biomedicine through several sites of analysis: clinical research, treatment access, trade-related intellectual property, and the future of generic drug manufacturing." -- Kristin Peterson * Biosocieties *

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