Biotechnology : Between Commerce and Civil Society

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"While other books have addressed isolated aspects of recent developments in the biomedical sciences, Biotechnology: Between Commerce and Civil Society is the first book tgo engage with the full range of biotechnology's implications for social science and for society at large." -Professor Volker Meja New scientific knowledge is no longer merely the key to unlocking the secrets of nature and society. It now represents the "becoming" of a new world. Scientific developments affect the ways in which we conduct our affairs, as well as how we comprehend the changes underway as the result of novel technical artefacts and scientific knowledge. The practical fruits of biotechnology are a case in point; they have grasped our imaginations, and generated worldwide debate and concern. Debates on biotechnology shift between images of utopia and dystopia. The social sciences deserve a voice in the debate, and can do so through sober examination of the economic, social, and cultural implications of biotechnology. Some economists even predict that the importance of biotechnology as the technology of the future will far exceed that of the information technologies, in particular the Internet. The contributors to this volume are drawn from a broad spectrum of the social sciences, and include Nico Stehr, Gene Rosa, Steve Fuller, Steve Best and Douglas Kellner, Nikolas Rose, Fred Buttel, Javier Lezaun, Anne Kerr, Susanna Hornig Priest and Toby Ten Eyck, Martin Schulte, Alexander Somek, Steven P. Vallas, Daniel Lee Kleinman, Abby Kinchy and Raul Necochea, Herbert Gottweis, J. Rogers Hollingsworth, Gysli Pblsson, Elizabeth Ettore, Richard Hindmarch and Reiner Grundmann. The impact of science on society is destined to be a fundamental concern in the new century. This volume illustrates the contributions anthropology, law, political science, and sociology can make to the ongoing discussions about the role of biotechnology in modern societies. Nico Stehr is senior research associate, Institut for Technikfolgenabschotzung, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Institut for Kostenforschung, GKSS, Germany. He also is a fellow in the Center for Advanced Cultural Studies in Essen, Germany, editor of the Canadian Journal of Sociology, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Among his recent books are Werner Sombart: Economic Life in the Modern Age (with Reiner Grundmann, published by Transaction); The Fragility of Modern Societies: Knowledge and Risk in the Information Age; Knowledge and Economic Conduct: The Social Foundations of the Modern Economy; and Wissenspolitik: Die ?berwachung des more

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  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 30.5mm | 748.44g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0765802244
  • 9780765802248

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements Nico Stehr Introduction: Biotechnology: Between Commerce and Civil Society Nico Stehr Part I Biotechnology and Civil Society: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives Introduction: Historical Perspectives on Re-Shaping Knowledge, Re-Shaping Society Eugene A. Rosa 1. Back to the Future with Bioliberalism: Or, the Need to Reinvent Socialism and Social Science in the Century Steve Fuller 2. Biotechnology, Ehics, and the Politics of Cloning Steven Best and Douglas Kellner 3. Becoming Neurochemical Selves Nikolas Rose Part II Biotechnology, Commerce and Civil Society: The Social Construction of Biotechnology Introduction Frederick H. Buttel Biotechnology: Between Commerce and Civil Society 4. Pollution and the Use of Patents: A Reading of Monsanto v. Schmeiser Javier Lezaun 5. Genetics and Citizenship Anne Kerr 6. Peril or Promise: News Media Framing of the Biotechnology Debate in Europe and the U.S. Susanna Hornig Priest and Toby Ten Eyck Part III Major Societal Institutions and Biotechnology: The Law, the State, and the Economy Introduction Martin Schulte 7. This is About Ourselves: Or, What Makes Genetic Discrimination Interesting Alexander Somek 8. The Culture of Science in Industry and Academia: How Biotechnologists View Science and the Public Good Steven P. Vallas, Daniel Kleinman, Abby Kinchy, and Raul Necochea 9. Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Cloning, and the Transformation of Biopolitics Herbert Gottweis Part IV Biotechnology and Civil Society: Case Studies Introduction J. Rogers Hollingsworth 10. The Icelandic Biogenetic Project Gisli Palsson 11. Comparing the Practice of Reproductive Genetics in Greece, UK, Finland, and The Netherlands: Constructing "Expert" Claims while Marking "Reproductive" Time Elizabeth Ettorre 12. GM Policy Networks in Asia: A Discursive Political History of the "Doubly Green Revolution" Richard Hindmarsh Conclusions: Shape the Body, Watch the Mind-The Brave New World of Individualism in the Age of Biotechnology Reiner Grundmann About the Authors Name Index Subject Indexshow more