Life as surplus : biotechnology and capitalism in the neoliberal era

Melinda Cooper

Focusing on the period between the 1970s and the present, "Life as Surplus" is a pointed and important study of the relationship between politics, economics, science, and cultural values in the United States today. Melinda Cooper demonstrates that the history of biotechnology cannot be understood without taking into account the simultaneous rise of neo-liberalism as a political force and an economic policy. 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 penetrating 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. At the very core of the new post-industrial economy is the transformation of biological life into surplus value."Life as Surplus" offers a clear assessment of both the transformative, therapeutic dimensions of the contemporary life sciences and the violence, obligation, and debt servitude crystallizing around the emerging bio-economy. Melinda Cooper is a research fellow with the Centre for Biomedicine and Society, Kings College London.

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書名 Life as surplus : biotechnology and capitalism in the neoliberal era
著作者等 Cooper Melinda
シリーズ名 A McLellan book
In vivo : the cultural mediations of biomedical science
出版元 University of Washington Press
刊行年月 c2008
ページ数 ix, 222 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9780295987910
NCID BA86256023
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国