9780822337201-0822337207-Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life

Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life

ISBN-13: 9780822337201
ISBN-10: 0822337207
Edition: 1st
Author: Sunder Rajan, Kaushik
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 360 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780822337201
ISBN-10: 0822337207
Edition: 1st
Author: Sunder Rajan, Kaushik
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 360 pages

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Acknowledged authors Sunder Rajan, Kaushik wrote Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life comprising 360 pages back in 2006. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0822337207 and 9780822337201. Since then Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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Biocapital is a major theoretical contribution to science studies and political economy. 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. 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 1999 to 2004. 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. In the process, he illuminates the global flow of ideas, information, capital, and people connected to biotech initiatives.

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.

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