1. What is biocapital, and how is changing the ways we understand health and health-care? 2. Do you think that new reproductive technologies are changing that ways we understand kinship and the family? 3. How are advances in molecular genetics affecting the ways we define and treat illness? People, Places, Concepts and Questions

Biocapital is an important theoretical addition to scientific research and political economy (Kaushik, 2017). Kaushik Sunder Rajan argues that modern biotechnologies like genomics can only be understood in the context of the economic markets in which they originated. His claim is based on ethnographic studies of multiple sites in the U.S. and Indian genomics research and drug discovery markets. Furthermore, Foucault’s idea of ​​biopolitics—a government that brings life and its functions into explicit computational domains—was expanded to include the concept of biocapital (Foucault, 2021). Economic enterprises are increasingly being constructed with the goal of exploiting value, markets, wealth, and profits from biological materials and information, not just state, ethnic, or colonial governance (Kaushik, 2021). In this picture, biological entities include not only humans and populations—the opposite poles of Foucault’s concept of “biopower”—but also cells, molecules, and genes. continue…
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