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 ยท 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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As a result, the spirit of start-up capitalism is very different from the protestant ethic as described by Max Weber. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Buy the selected items together This item: 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. Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders. Rajan’s narrative positions the biotech industry squarely in the vanguard of contemporary global economic and institutional change.

Hence, as much as it is now a narrative of the development of biocapital from India entertains different dreams and visions. Biocapital is a major theoretical contribution to science studies and political economy. Open Preview See a Problem?

The Logic of Care: 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.

By adding the notions of “biocapital” and “postgenomic life” to fajan list of new concepts, Kaushik Sunder Rajan positions himself in this twin tradition of Marxist and Foucaultian studies.

Biocapital : the constitution of post-genomic life

Selected pages Title Page. The author discusses how the ideal of the American free market is often balanced against socialist values that stress the sharing of scientific discovery to the benefit of the community, suggesting how struggles over the future of the Indian economy might be waged.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Underlying Belief Structures of Biocapital 6. It should be approachable because of biocapltal story-telling that goes on in ethnography.


The Constitution of Postgenomic Life is not only a theoretical intervention in the field of Marxian and Foucaultian studies. Contact Contact Us Help. Nonetheless, blocapital articulations do have real geophysical and material implications.

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Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life by Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Promissory articulations biocapitla performative statements: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I and my company are featured extensively in one chapter of this book. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This thesis is concerned with tracking and theorizing the co-production of an emergent biocapita, regime – that of biotechnology in the context of drug development – with an emergent political economic regime that sees the increased prevalence of such research in corporate locales, with corporate agendas and practices.

By far one of the best texts re-engaging Marx By participating in industry conferences, meeting with people, and simply being there, Sunder Rajan was also able to accumulate valuable observations on biotech startups and research labs in the Silicon Valley.

Among the many insights produced in this fascinating study, the author convincingly demonstrates how the so-called ‘life sciences’ are representative of a new phase of capitalism that is characterized by the temporality of our postmodern time. 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.

That said, this book might be a little too much-flabby with jargon and too enamored of re-inscribing the exploitation of capitalism in general to reach an insightful point about this particular moment of exuberance and great wealth making implied by genomics, even in the absence of clear improvements in health or even actual products.

Writing this way obfuscates. Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright. Yet the author finds age-old themes at play, such as the alienation of labor that resulted from the company’s pursuit of a growth strategy that commodified some skill sets while valuing others.

Furthermore, despite the seemingly optimistic proliferation of data in the information-scapes, the tentacles of neoliberal global capitalism persist in new manifestations.

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Research in genomics and bioinformatics translates the DNA into a string of numbers, and develops methods for storing, retrieving, organizing and analyzing biological data. Medical records and DNA samples are collected in Indian public hospitals for commercial purposes, and the nation-state itself operates as a quasi-corporate entity. Sunder Rajan integrates and explores in depth what many others only promise; i. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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I felt that the most interesting parts of the book centered on the role of hype in the biotech raja, and the implosion between statements of scientific fact and public relations untruth. Rajan traces technocapitalism to the postcolonial drive to invest in science as a path to empowering the independent state. It is also an ethical challenge: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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. A public relations official at Celera Genomics wondered whether his visitor needed to be offered the “investor tour” or the “media tour”, these being the only two categories of PR communication.

Like many anthropologists, Sunder Rajan is at his best when he connects particular reporting on field sites and informants with theoretical discussions on Marx and Foucault. 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 I attempt, through such a study, to theorize biocapital, drawing primarily upon Marxian and Foucauldian understandings of life, labor and raman, and upon literature in Science and Technology Studies, that has constantly drawn attention to the constructed, contingent and politically consequent nature of technoscientific activity.