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Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate (Hardback)

Edité par Duke University Press, United States, 2010
ISBN 10: 0822347938 / ISBN 13: 9780822347934
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Titre : Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of ...

Éditeur : Duke University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Providing the first overview of Asia s emerging biosciences landscape, this timely and important collection brings together ethnographic case studies on biotech endeavors such as genetically modified foods in China, clinical trials in India, blood collection in Singapore and China, and stem-cell research in Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. While biotech policies and projects vary by country, the contributors identify a significant trend toward state entrepreneurialism in biotechnology, and they highlight the ways that political thinking and ethical reasoning are converging around the biosciences. As ascendant nations in a region of postcolonial emergence, with an uncanny surplus in population and pandemics, Asian countries treat their populations as sources of opportunity and risk. Biotech enterprises are allied to efforts to overcome past humiliations and restore national identity and political ambition, and they are legitimized as solutions to national anxieties about food supplies, diseases, epidemics, and unknown biological crises in the future. Biotechnological responses to perceived risks stir deep feelings about shared fate, and they crystallize new ethical configurations, often re-inscribing traditional beliefs about ethnicity, nation, and race. As many of the essays in this collection illustrate, state involvement in biotech initiatives is driving the emergence of biosovereignty, an increasing pressure for state control over biological resources, commercial health products, corporate behavior, and genetic based-identities. Asian Biotech offers much-needed analysis of the interplay among biotechnologies, economic growth, biosecurity, and ethical practices in Asia. Contributors Vincanne Adams Nancy N. Chen Stefan Ecks Kathleen Erwin Phuoc V. Le Jennifer Liu Aihwa Ong Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner Kaushik Sunder Rajan Wen-Ching Sung Charis Thompson Ara Wilson. N° de réf. du libraire AAZ9780822347934

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Synopsis : Providing the first overview of Asia's emerging biosciences landscape, this timely and important collection brings together ethnographic case studies on biotech endeavours such as genetically modified foods in China, clinical trials in India, and stem cell research in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. While biotech policies and projects vary by country, the contributors identify a significant trend toward state entrepreneurialism in biotechnology and they highlight the ways that political thinking and ethical reasoning are converging around the biosciences. As ascendant nations in a region of postcolonial emergence with an "uncanny surplus" in population and pandemics, Asian countries treat their populations as sources of opportunity and risk. Biotech enterprises are allied to efforts to overcome past humiliations and restore national identity and political ambition, and they are legitimized as solutions to national anxieties about food supplies, diseases, epidemics and unknown biological crises in the future. Biotechnological responses to perceived risks stir deep feelings about shared fate and they crystallise new ethical configurations, often re-inscribing traditional beliefs about ethnicity, nation and race. As many of the essays in this collection illustrate, state involvement in biotech initiatives is driving the emergence of "bio-sovereignty," an increasing pressure for state control over biological resources, commercial health products, corporate behaviour and genetic based-identities. Asian Biotech offers much-needed analysis of the interplay among biotechnologies, economic growth, bio-security and ethical practices in Asia. Contributors; Vincanne Adams; Nancy N. Chen; Stefan Ecks; Kathleen Erwin; Phuoc Van Le; Jennifer Liu; Aihwa Ong; Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner; Kaushik Sunder Rajan; Wen-Ching Sung; Charis Thompson; Ara Wilson

Critique: "This exciting collection of ethnographic essays introduces readers to the deployment of specific biotechnologies in Asia, revealing their enmeshment with local and global politics and a situated ethics that extends to the good of families, communities, and nations, and not merely that of individuals. This book, harbinger of impending futures, demands introspection." Margaret Lock, author of Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death "This is the first broad anthropological examination of the biotech movement across Asia. Especially useful are the efforts at understanding how biotechnology affects (and is affected by) major changes in moral experience and ethical imagination that are roiling Asian modernities. A path breaking exploration! This collection will be influential." Arthur Kleinman, Director, Asia Center, Harvard University "The need in science studies and anthropology for Asian Biotech would be hard to overstate. I was hungry for this book to use in my own teaching and writing, and the meal is as satisfying as I had anticipated. The theoretical framing is astute and generative, and the well-argued and diverse essays are thoroughly fleshed out historically and ethnographically. Nancy N. Chen, Aihwa Ong, and the contributors deserve our thanks. We have just run out of excuses for ongoing Western parochialism in science and technology studies and all of our kindred inquiries into biotechnology."oDonna Haraway, author of When Species Meet

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