Engineering Trouble: Biotechnology and Its Discontents / Edition 1

Engineering Trouble: Biotechnology and Its Discontents / Edition 1

by Rachel A. Schurman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520240073

ISBN-13: 9780520240070

Pub. Date: 10/06/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Talk of genetically engineered organisms (GEOs) has moved from the hushed corridors of life science corporations to the front pages of the world's major newspapers. As Europeans began rejecting genetically engineered foods in the marketplace, the StarLink corn incident exploded in the U.S. and farmers set fire to genetically modified crops in India. Citizens and…  See more details below

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Talk of genetically engineered organisms (GEOs) has moved from the hushed corridors of life science corporations to the front pages of the world's major newspapers. As Europeans began rejecting genetically engineered foods in the marketplace, the StarLink corn incident exploded in the U.S. and farmers set fire to genetically modified crops in India. Citizens and consumers have become increasingly aware of and troubled by the implications of these new technologies. This book examines these issues from the diverse perspectives of sociology, geography, law, environmental studies, and political science, helping readers make sense of the dynamics of this controversy. Considering cases from the agriculture, forestry, and pharmaceutical sectors, the authors take up some of the most pressing questions raised by genetic engineering. They offer informed views on recent developments in the biotechnology sector; on the political, economic, and institutional transformations that have resulted; and on the tremendous social conflicts that have arisen over the deployment and regulation of these new technologies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240070
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/06/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Biotechnology in the New Millenium: Technological Change, Institutional Change, and Political Struggle1
1Wonderful Potencies? Deep Structure and the Problem of Monopoly in Agricultural Biotechnology24
2Building a Better Tree: Genetic Engineering and Fiber Farming in Oregon and Washington63
3The Migration of Salmon from Nature to Biotechnology84
4Making Biotech History: Social Resistance to Agricultural Biotechnology and the Future of the Biotechnology Industry111
5Eating Risk: The Politics of Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods130
6The Global Politics of GEOs: The Achilles' Heel of the Globalization Regime?152
7Biotech Battles: Plants, Power, and Intellectual Property in the New Global Governance Regimes174
8From Molecules to Medicines: The Use of Genetic Resources in Pharmaceutical Research195
9The Brave New Worlds of Agricultural Technoscience: Changing Perspectives, Recurrent Themes, and New Research Directions in Agro-Food Studies218
Conclusion: Recreating Democracy239
Glossary255
Contributors259
Bibliography263
Index297

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