Managing, Manipulating and Manuevering Biology in the Early 21st Century: Reflections on Discursive Practice, Empirical Events and Power in Pursuit of Bio-Commerce

74 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2005

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M. K. Dorsey

Dartmouth College - Environmental Studies Program

Date Written: March 11, 2005

Abstract

This paper reviews and offers a meta-analysis of more than a decade of literature that explicitly considers both bioprospecting and biopiracy. I do so with a judgment sample of the literature, primarily from American academic writing in English and with some sources from Latin American colleagues in Spanish. The point of this meta-analysis is twofold: (1) to elaborate the ways in which certain individuals treat the subject matter that is the focus of attention; and (2) to discern critical gaps left out of the literature explicitly dealing with bioprospecting and biopiracy. Additionally, I step back from the authors shaping discourses of bioprospecting and biopiracy in order to discern the underlying power dynamics in this debate, and the implications for biocommerce.

Keywords: bioprospecting, biopiracy, biocommerce, Ecuador, Latin America, access and benefit sharing, ABS, Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD

JEL Classification: B14,B22,F21,F23,F42,F43,L3,L31,L33,N26,P1,P12,P16

Suggested Citation

Dorsey, Michael Kevin, Managing, Manipulating and Manuevering Biology in the Early 21st Century: Reflections on Discursive Practice, Empirical Events and Power in Pursuit of Bio-Commerce (March 11, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=684121 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.684121

Michael Kevin Dorsey (Contact Author)

Dartmouth College - Environmental Studies Program ( email )

Hanover, NJ 03755
United States

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