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Life, Technology, and Capital in the 21st Century

  • Vincenzo Pavone
  • Joanna Goven


  • Brings together leading senior and up-and-coming academics researching bioeconomics

  • Presents timely global and interdisciplinary research on bioeconomies, biotechnology and biocapital

  • Appeals to researchers in science and technology studies, medical sociology/sociology of health and illness, science and innovation policy, and political economy, as well as policymakers.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Vincenzo Pavone, Joanna Goven
    Pages 1-22
  3. Promissory and Performative: Remaking Institutions for the Bioeconomy

  4. Making Value and Remaking Research in the Bioeconomies

  5. Bioeconomies as Sites of Power and Struggle

  6. Capitalizing on Altruism: Donation, Care, and Unequal Relations in Global Bioeconomies

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 343-350

About this book


This book explores the promissory discourses and practices associated with the bioeconomy, focusing especially on the transformation of institutions; the creation, appropriation, and distribution of value; the struggle over resources, power, and meaning; and the role of altruism, kinship, and care practices. Governments and science enthusiasts worldwide are embracing the bioeconomy, championing it as the key to health, wealth, and sustainability, while citing it as justification to transform research and regulatory institutions, health and agricultural practices, ethics of privacy and ownership, and conceptions of self and kin. Drawing together studies from Asia, Australia, the Americas, and Europe, this volume encompasses subjects as diverse as regenerative medicine, population health research, agricultural finance, biobanking, assisted reproduction, immigration, breastfeeding, self-help groups, GM fish, and mining sewage.


Science and Technology Studies Bioeconomies Biotechnology Sociology of science and innovation Innovation economics Science and innovation policy Political economy Public policy Medical sociology Sociology of health and illness Synthetic biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Vincenzo Pavone
    • 1
  • Joanna Goven
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Kukupa Research LtdPigeon BayGermany

About the editors

Vincenzo Pavone is Tenured Researcher at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He leads a research group on the global bioeconomy studying the relationship between science, technology and neoliberal politics. He has been PI of several national and international research projects on reproductive and regenerative medicine, transgenics and surveillance-oriented security technologies.

Joanna Goven is Director of Kukupa Research, which she founded after many years as an academic. In recent years she has focused on the political economy of science and on facilitating transdisciplinary research. She has published in the areas of gender politics, public engagement with science, transdisciplinarity, and the bioeconomy.

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