Lively Capital

9780822348207: Hardback
Release Date: 2nd April 2012

9780822348313: Paperback
Release Date: 2nd April 2012

16 illustrations, 1 figure

Dimensions: 156 x 235

Number of Pages: 528

Series Experimental Futures

Duke University Press Books

Lively Capital

Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global Markets

This collection of anthropology of science essays explores the new forms of capital, markets, ethical, legal, and intellectual property concerns associated with new forms of research in the life sciences.
Hardback / £106.00
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Lively Capital is an urgent and important collection of essays addressing the reconfigured relations between the life sciences and the market. Exploring the ground where social and cultural anthropology intersect with science and technology studies, prominent scholars investigate the relationship of biotechnology to ethics, governance, and markets, as well as the new legal, social, cultural, and institutional mechanisms emerging to regulate biotechnology. The contributors examine genomics, pharmaceutical marketing, intellectual property, environmental science, clinical trials, patient advocacy, and other such matters as they are playing out in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Lively Capital is not only about the commercialization of the life sciences, but their institutional histories, epistemic formations, and systems of valuation. It is also about the lively affects—the emotions and desires—involved when technologies and research impinge on experiences of embodiment, kinship, identity, disability, citizenship, accumulation, and dispossession. At stake in the commodification of the life sciences are opportunities to intervene in and adjudicate matters of health, life, and death.

Contributors. Timothy Choy, Joseph Dumit, Michael M. J. Fischer, Kim Fortun, Mike Fortun, Donna Haraway, Sheila Jasanoff, Wen-Hua Kuo, Andrew Lakoff, Kristin Peterson, Chloe Silverman, Elta Smith, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Travis J. Tanner

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: The Capitalization of Life and the Liveliness of Capital / Kaushik Sunder Rajan 1
Part I. Encountering Value
1. Prescription Maximization and the Accumulation of Surplus Health in the Pharmaceutical Industry: The_BioMarx_Experiment / Joseph Dumit 45
2. Value-Added Dogs and Lively Capital / Donna J. Haraway 93
3. Air's Substantiations / Timothy Choy 121
Part II. Property and Dispossession
4. Taking Life: Private Rights in Public Nature / Sheila Jasanoff 155
5. Rice Genomes: Making Hybrid Properties / Elta Smith 184
6. Marx in New Zealand / Travis Tanner 211
7. AIDS Policies for Markets and Warriors: Dispossession, Capital, and Pharmaceuticals in Nigeria / Kristin Peterson 228
Part III. Global Knowledge Formations
8. Diagnostic Liquidity: Mental Illness and the Global Trade in DNA / Andrew Lakoff 251
9. Transforming States in the Era of Global Pharmaceuticals: Visioning Clinical Research in Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore / Wen-Hau Kuo 279
10. Biopolitics and the Informating of Environmentalism / Kim Fortun 306
Part IV. Promissory Experiments and Emergent Forms of Life
11. Genomics Scandals and Other Volatilities of Promising / Mike Fortun 329
12. Desperate and Rational: Of Love, Biomedicine, and Experimental Community / Chloe Silverman 354
13. Lively Biotech and Translational Research / Michael M. J. Fischer 385
Epilogue: Threads and Articulations / Kaushik Sunder Rajan 437
Bibliography 453
About the Contributors 491
Index 495

Kaushik Sunder Rajan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life, also published by Duke University Press.

Lively Capital is a terrific collection of essays, an important endeavor which will garner serious attention not only in anthropology and science technology studies but across the human sciences. It will be as widely read as any anthology I can imagine, because of the sharpness of its essays and the diversity of its approaches to the challenges of rethinking the relations of life, capital, and value more generally.”—Lawrence Cohen, author of No Aging in India: Alzheimer’s, the Bad Family, and Other Modern Things

"Lively Capital is a terrific collection of essays, an important endeavor which will garner serious attention not only in anthropology and science and technology studies but across the human sciences. It will be as widely read as any anthology I can imagine, because of the sharpness of its essays and the diversity of its approaches to the challenges of rethinking the relations of life, capital, and value more generally."—Lawrence Cohen, author of No Aging in India: Alzheimer's, the Bad Family, and Other Modern Things

"The air we breathe, the dogs with whom we cohabit, the children we breed, and the pharmaceuticals we regulate co-evolve simultaneously with the differential capitalization of life forms, life sciences, and life circumstances. Convincing us that 'lively capital' is, indeed, a living social form, these essays provide a stunningly provocative read!"—Rayna Rapp, author of Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America

“In many ways, Lively Capital reflects both the challenges and the benefits of adopting an interdisciplinary approach to researching an issue. As a result, the book provides a thought-provoking read for those with an interest in the processes of commodification and in the politics of emerging bioeconomies.”

Brett Edwards
BioScience

Lively Capital is a challenging, fiercely analytical, and ambitious collection of thirteen essays, tied together by an excellent introduction and epilogue by the editor, Kaushik Sunder Rajan. . . . It is rare to find an edited volume that covers so many diverse and seemingly disparate topics and yet demonstrates such symmetry between its individual contributions.”
 

Todd Myers
Bulletin of the History of Medicine