Book ID: CBB878496149

Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era (2008)


Cooper, Melinda (Author)

University of Washington Press

Publication Date: 2008
Physical Details: 222
Language: English

From the development of recombinant DNA technology in the 1970s to the second Bush administration's policies on stem cell research, Cooper connects the utopian polemic of free-market capitalism with growing internal contradictions of the commercialized life sciences. The biotech revolution relocated economic production at the genetic, microbial, and cellular level. Taking as her point of departure the assumption that life has been drawn into the circuits of value creation, Cooper underscores the relations between scientific, economic, political, and social practices. In analyses of Reagan-era science policy, the militarization of the life sciences, HIV politics, pharmaceutical imperialism, tissue engineering, stem cell science, and the pro-life movement, the author examines the speculative impulses that have animated the growth of the bio-economy. From publisher description.

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Authors & Contributors
Rose, Mark H.
Zarkin, Michael J.
Seely, Bruce Edsall
Barrett, Paul F.
Onaga, Lisa A.
Guston, David H.
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Science, Technology and Human Values
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
MIT Press
Edwin Mellen Press
Ohio State University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
The College of William and Mary
Cornell University Press
Public policy
Technology and politics
Technology and society
Wu, Ray
Bush, Vannevar
Wiener, Norbert
Tonko, Paul D.
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
Great Britain

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