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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Notify us about copyright concerns. English Choose a language for shopping. The two CEOs agreed to have an in-house anthropologist, and let him wander around while using his skills as a marketer.

About Biocaoital Sunder Rajan. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. There’s a lot to like about the themes of the book and the method used in the research. Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress.

In contrast to labor, wealth or biocapitao, biocapital realizes its value through explicit ownership of the intellectual property locked away within living things. Learn more about Amazon Prime. 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. Biocaputal 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.


Underlying Belief Structures of Biocapital 6. His interest in the relation between biotech companies and pharmaceutical corporations led him gajan approach various business ventures and present requests for interviews and participant observation. The Constitution of Postgenomic Life.

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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 biocaital of PR communication.

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 As GenEd’s client base shifted from small biotech to big pharmaceutical companies, the status of graphic designers declined to one of mere executioners, while software programmers became the key resource of the company.

It is “an ethos marked by an apparent irrationality, excess, gambling.

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 summer in Bioethics. High tech startups that depend on venture capital funding have developed what the author describes as dajan art of vision and hype: 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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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The methodology followed in this dissertation is multi-sited ethnography. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Program in Science, Technology and Society.

He explains that high tech capitalism is dependent upon information in order to innovate and produce; traditionally, biofapital service was fulfilled by publicly-funded research institutions. Rajan’s extensive comparative analysis reveals how such dynamics play out in markedly different ways in local contexts. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life

There is really nothing like the argument and synthesis Kaushik Sunder Rajan provides, which is surprising given how important his topic is. Get to Know Us. Hype and vision form the “discursive apparatus of biocapital”: Contact Contact Us Help.

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