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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By adding the notions of “biocapital” and “postgenomic life” to the list of new concepts, Kaushik Sunder Rajan positions himself in this twin tradition of Marxist and Foucaultian studies.

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Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life

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 biocaputal biotechnologies such as genomics can only be understood in relation to the economic markets within which they emerge.

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, raajan the hype and marketing surrounding promising new technologies.

Share your thoughts with other customers. His interest in the relation between biotech companies and pharmaceutical corporations led him to approach various business ventures and present requests for interviews and participant observation.

This thesis is concerned with tracking and theorizing the co-production of an emergent technoscientific regime – that of biotechnology in the context of drug development – with an emergent political economic regime that sees the increased prevalence of such research in corporate locales, with corporate agendas and practices. Akila Ally rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Purchase paper copies of MIT theses.


In fact, many Indian companies tend to engage in production or research work on a contractual basis for western businesses. Biopolitics and governmentality are now declined by many scholars who have proposed associated notions: Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.

Capitalisms and Biotechnologies 1 Part I. Please try again later. 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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Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders. Some features of this site eajan not work without it. The author explores struggles over privacy and ownership rights, finding that governments are responding to these pressures by behaving more like corporations.

We learn how GeneEd might have evolved but was moved in a particular direction owing to a mix of external market forces and the specific decisions of its capable leadership team. 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 In India, biocapitl and research centers had a more open attitude blocapital the ethnographer, who could fit into the more fluid environment and leverage his ethnic identity; but the bureaucratic state imposed additional hurdles through paperwork and red tape.

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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 biocapltal programmers became the key resource of the company. Details Customers who bought this item also bought Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items. Hence biocapital, which asks questions of the implications for life sciences when performed in corporations, and for capitalism, when biotechnology becomes a key source of market value.


The phrases displace, or replace, analysis; they stand in for analysis; sometimes they become repeated in lieu of analysis in others’ texts. Sunder Rajan convincingly demonstrates, by situating himself in both American and Indian “life science” companies, that the ultimate ownership, transfer and wealth-creation that intellectual property IP provides does not always fall to the expected recepients.

Biocapital is a major theoretical contribution to science studies and political economy. Stas rated it liked it Jul 10, Aadita Chaudhury rated it really liked it Sep 17, One of these items ships sooner than the other.

As he states in the introduction, “this book is an explicit attempt to bring together Foucault’s theorization of the political with a Marxian attention to political economy.

Perhaps the most appealing section of Rajan’s research has been the skeptical treatment of the hyperpositive pronouncements and promises of industry players both linguistically and ideologically as mechanisms of articulating “genomic fetishism.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? As a consequence, life sciences become undistinguishable from information raja. It is “an ethos marked by an apparent irrationality, excess, gambling.