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Bodies, Property, and Politics (SO239)

Does the relationship between bodies, property and politics differ across national forms of governance and regulation? How are the relationships between knowledge and value, along with the kinds of social differences (such as race and gender), being transformed in such markets?

Globally, capitalism and biotechnology are becoming increasingly interconnected, with ever widening markets in human and animal bodies and body parts. The patenting of human cells and DNA, the use of embryos in reproductive technologies, the recruitment of humans in clinical trials and trade in human organs are all part of emerging 'bioeconomies'.

You'll consider the idea of ownership of bodies, bringing together work from economic sociology, science and technology studies and biomedical sociology. Through studying the application of markets to biological materials, you'll examine why bodies becoming a saleable commodity is an ongoing problem for politics.

Human Genome

Module Director:

Amy Hinterberger


This module is worth 15 CATS.