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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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 rajaan of deliberately bureaucratic hurdles, Kaushik Sunder Rajan attempts to come to grips with the complexities of the brave new world of genomics.

Biocapital is a major theoretical contribution to science studies and political economy. See all 5 reviews.

Purbasha Mazumdar rated it really liked it Sep 20, I highly recommend this book to demanding readers interested in an interdisciplinary perspective on technoscientific capitalism and its connection to our past, the present, and our many possible futures.

Get to Know Us. The extraction of surplus value from biological life requires that life be turned into a commodity, tradable on a market and convertible into industrial patents and intellectual property rights. Some features of this site may not work without it. Biocapital is a major theoretical contribution to science studies and political economy. Dec 30, Karla Jasso rated it really liked it Shelves: In contrast to the industrial economy of material products, the world of the genome industry becomes one that is determined by the intangibles of knowledge, information, and promises.

Description Biocapital is a major theoretical contribution to biocapitaal studies and political economy.

Biocapita, you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In contrast to labor, wealth or materials, biocapital realizes its value through explicit ownership of the intellectual property locked away within living things. My basic beef with this book is my beef with a great deal of academic writing that draws from deconstruction and poststructuralism.

Biocapital : the constitution of post-genomic life

One biocapjtal these items ships sooner than the other. There is really nothing like the argument and synthesis Kaushik Sunder Rajan provides, which is surprising given how important his topic is.


Reaching a point in a chapter that justifies its catchy but otherwise unclarifying title should not be a major achievement of a chapter. Interviews and conversations with local officials and the diaspora in Silicon Valley reveal that, nonetheless, the Indian participants, buttressed implicitly by a primordial sense of civilization, like the messianic underpinnings of their US counterparts in the industry, do not seem keen to remain in a subordinate position for long.

India entertains different dreams and visions. Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome. Despite the fact that GeneEd plays a peripheral industry role, the structural and cultural logics of biotech become visible to us thanks to Mr. He draws on his research with scientists, entrepreneurs, venture rajah, and policymakers to rrajan drug development in the two countries, examining biocapitxl practices and goals of research, the financing mechanisms, the relevant government regulations, and the hype and marketing surrounding promising new technologies.

If you’re gonna raise awareness about the negatives of biocapitalism, make it for everyone to understand. Sunder Rajan expertly disassembles and reconstitutes the rapidly growing global industry behind “life sciences” – showing that life itself has become a new form of capital, or biocapital.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Rajan’s ethnographic study compares and contrasts biocapotal companies in the U. As someone who is engaged in a similar process, it gives me hope and serves as an inspiration. Aadita Chaudhury rated it really liked it Sep 17, Emily rated it really liked it Nov 12, In the twenty-first century, as anticipated by Foucault, power over the biological lives of individuals and peoples has become a decisive component of political power, and control over one’s biology is becoming a central focus for political action.

It then organizes the circulation of these three forms of currencies–life, data, capital–along routes and circuits that are increasingly global. Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders.

Consequently, he finds that Biocapigal entrepreneurship is much more conservative than in the U. In this sense, Mr.

Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life by Kaushik Sunder Rajan

The evolution from capital to biocapital is symptomatic of the turn from an industrial economy to a bioeconomy in which surplus value is directly extracted from human and nonhuman biological life rather than from labor power. 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.


I study a range of actors – including academic and industrial scientists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and policy makers – in two distinct national environments, the United States and India, as they shape and come to terms with these emergent technologies and emergent political economies. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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.

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An Archaeology of Medical Perception. The two CEOs agreed to have an in-house anthropologist, and let him wander around while using his biocqpital as a marketer. Rajsn more about Amazon Giveaway. 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.

However, the process of calling the future into the present creates a tension between the promise and the reality, a problem that is addressed by corporate public relations departments — including marketing campaigns that are aimed at introducing remedies for consumer patients-in-waiting at progressively earlier stages of intervention. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Nevertheless, his attempts to biocaapital a multiplicity of Marxist and Foucauldian theories can be commendable.

It is, as defined on the book cover, bioca;ital multi-sited ethnography of genomic research and drug development marketplaces in the United States and India. In the process, this thesis intervenes in social theoretical debates not simply around the nature and production of knowledge and value, but also around the place of larger belief-systems – relating to religion, nation and ethics – in such productive enterprises.