Engineering Trouble: Biotechnology and Its Discontents / Edition 1

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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: 10/6/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel A. Schurman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She is the coauthor of Taking Population Seriously (1988) and Betraying the National
(1987). Dennis Doyle Takahashi Kelso is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: Biotechnology in the New Millenium: Technological Change, Institutional Change, and Political Struggle 1
1 Wonderful Potencies? Deep Structure and the Problem of Monopoly in Agricultural Biotechnology 24
2 Building a Better Tree: Genetic Engineering and Fiber Farming in Oregon and Washington 63
3 The Migration of Salmon from Nature to Biotechnology 84
4 Making Biotech History: Social Resistance to Agricultural Biotechnology and the Future of the Biotechnology Industry 111
5 Eating Risk: The Politics of Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods 130
6 The Global Politics of GEOs: The Achilles' Heel of the Globalization Regime? 152
7 Biotech Battles: Plants, Power, and Intellectual Property in the New Global Governance Regimes 174
8 From Molecules to Medicines: The Use of Genetic Resources in Pharmaceutical Research 195
9 The Brave New Worlds of Agricultural Technoscience: Changing Perspectives, Recurrent Themes, and New Research Directions in Agro-Food Studies 218
Conclusion: Recreating Democracy 239
Glossary 255
Contributors 259
Bibliography 263
Index 297
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