The Politics of Life Itself

The Politics of Life Itself

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Rose, Nikolas Princeton University Press, 2007 Audio summary available
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As biotechnology has continued to advance, some eagerly anticipate the creation of new intellectual property and a new bioeconomy. On the other hand, some fear that the desire for profit is leading to the unethical uses of science. Now that life is better understood and can be engineered at the molecular level, human existence has increasingly become the focus of government attention, the target of new forms of expertise, and the object of economic exploitation. In The Politics of Life Itself, Nikolas Rose describes how modern culture has become “biologized” through biomedical advances and how human health, personalities, behavior, and identities now seem explicable in biological terms. He explores the ethical dilemmas related to the new choices, decisions, and judgments that are required in an age of biological citizenship.