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Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life by Kaushik Sunder Rajan

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 rajsn economic markets within whi 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 biocaptal 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 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 biofapital 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. 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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Biocapital : the constitution of post-genomic life

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 06, Chris Nagel rated it it was ok. We’ll see how this goes, teaching it this summer in Bioethics. There’s a lot to like about the themes of the book and the method used in the research. It should be approachable because of the story-telling that goes on in ethnography. I will rely heavily on the stories, but unfortunately, I will have to rely heavily on the stories because the analytical portions of the text are not very useful.

My basic beef with this book is my beef with a great deal of academic writing that draws from deconstru We’ll see how this goes, teaching it this rauan in Bioethics.

My basic beef with this book is my beef with a great deal of academic writing that draws from deconstruction and poststructuralism. Writing this way obfuscates.

There can be legitimate reasons for complexity, but I rarely see much of a payoff. 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. The phrases displace, or replace, analysis; they stand in for analysis; sometimes they become repeated in lieu of analysis in others’ texts.

Reaching a point in a chapter that justifies its catchy but otherwise unclarifying title should not be a major achievement of a chapter.

Jun 03, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great exploration of the interplay and relationship between capital and the life-sciences. By far one of rjan best texts re-engaging Marx Mar 30, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

I felt that the most interesting parts of the book centered on the role of hype in the biotech industry, and the implosion between statements of scientific fact and public relations untruth. That said, this book might be 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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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 buocapital 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.

An important book, to be sure, but one that sits uneasily. Dec 30, Karla Jasso rated it really liked it Shelves: Kaushik Sunder Rajan argues that contemporary biotechnologies such as genomics can only be understood in relation to the economic markets…. Sonya Morud rated it it was amazing May 12, Daniel rated it really liked it Dec 25, Lindy D’mellow rated it liked it Jul 28, Kirk rated it liked it Apr 09, Aadita Biocappital rated it really liked it Sep 17, Kimberly rated it it was ok Nov 12, Patrik Pettersson rated it liked it Nov 14, Akila Ally rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Nsl rated it really liked it Aug 31, Shannon rated it really liked it Apr 12, Hunkar Akipek rated it really liked it Jul 28, Jordan rated it it was amazing Dec 11, Emily rated it fajan liked it Nov 12, niocapital Leah rated it really liked it May 17, Stas rated it liked it Jul 10, Nathaniel Husted rated it liked it Mar 29, Liz rated it really liked it Feb 27, Britt rated it really liked it Jan 06, Zach rated it really liked it Apr 03, Vivian rated it liked it Jul 20, Zachary rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Purbasha Mazumdar rated it really liked it Sep 20, Francesca rated it really liked it May 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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