When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico / Edition 1

When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico / Edition 1

by Cori Hayden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691095574

ISBN-13: 9780691095578

Pub. Date: 10/27/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Bioprospecting—the exchange of plants for corporate promises of royalties or community development assistance—has been lauded as a way to develop new medicines while offering southern nations and indigenous communities an incentive to preserve their rich biodiversity. But can pharmaceutical profits really advance conservation and indigenous rights? How

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Bioprospecting—the exchange of plants for corporate promises of royalties or community development assistance—has been lauded as a way to develop new medicines while offering southern nations and indigenous communities an incentive to preserve their rich biodiversity. But can pharmaceutical profits really advance conservation and indigenous rights? How much should companies pay and to whom? Who stands to gain and lose? The first anthropological study of the practices mobilized in the name and in the shadow of bioprospecting, this book takes us into the unexpected sites where Mexican scientists and American companies venture looking for medicinal plants and local knowledge.

Cori Hayden tracks bioprospecting's contentious new promise—and the contradictory activities generated in its name. Focusing on a contract involving Mexico's National Autonomous University, Hayden examines the practices through which researchers, plant vendors, rural collectors, indigenous cooperatives, and other actors put prospecting to work. By paying unique attention to scientific research, she provides a key to understanding which people and plants are included in the promise of "selling biodiversity to save it"—and which are not. And she considers the consequences of linking scientific research and rural "enfranchisement" to the logics of intellectual property.

Roving across UN protocols, botanical collecting histories, Mexican nationalist agendas, neoliberal property regimes, and North-South relations, When Nature Goes Public charts the myriad, emergent publics that drive and contest the global market in biodiversity and its futures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691095578
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2003
Series:
In-Formation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

List of Abbreviations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Author's Note xvii

Introduction 1

PART ONE: NEOLIBERAL NATURES

Chapter 1: Interests and Publics: On (Ethno)science and Its Accountabilities 19

Chapter 2: Neoliberalism's Nature 48

Chapter 3: Prospecting in Mexico: Rights, Risk, and Regulation 85

PART TWO: PUBLIC PROSPECTING

Chapter 4: Market Research: When Local Knowledge Is Public Knowledge 125

Chapter 5: By the Side of the Road: The Contours of a Field Site 158

PART THREE: PROSPECTING's PUBLICS

Chapter 6: The Brine Shrimp Assay: Signs of Life, Sites of Value 191

Chapter 7: Presumptions of Interest 213

Chapter 8: Remaking Prospecting's Publics 230

Notes 237

Bibliography 255

Index 275

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