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Author Hayden, Cori, 1970- author.

Title When nature goes public : the making and unmaking of bioprospecting in Mexico / Cori Hayden
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2003]


Description 1 online resource
Series In-formation series
In-formation series.
Contents Ch. 1. Interests and Publics: On (Ethno)science and Its Accountabilities -- Ch. 2. Neoliberalism's Nature -- Ch. 3. Prospecting in Mexico: Rights, Risk, and Regulation -- Ch. 4. Market Research: When Local Knowledge Is Public Knowledge -- Ch. 5. By the Side of the Road: The Contours of a Field Site -- Ch. 6. The Brine Shrimp Assay: Signs of Life, Sites of Value -- Ch. 7. Presumptions of Interest -- Ch. 8. Remaking Prospecting's Publics
Summary Bioprospecting - the exchange of plants for corporate promises of royalties or community development assistance - has been lauded as a way to develop new medicines while offering southern nations and indigenous communities an incentive to preserve their rich biodiversity. But can pharmaceutical profits really advance conservation and indigenous rights? How much should companies pay and to whom? Who stands to gain and lose? The first anthropological study of the practices mobilized in the name and in the shadow of bioprospecting, this book takes us into the unexpected sites where Mexican scientists and American companies venture looking for medicinal plants and local knowledge. Cori Hayden tracks bioprospecting's contentious new promise - and the contradictory activities generated in its name. Focusing on a contract involving Mexico's National Autonomous University, Hayden examines the practices through which researchers, plant vendors, rural collectors, indigenous cooperatives, and other actors put prospecting to work. By paying unique attention to scientific research, she provides a key to understanding which people and plants are included in the promises of "selling biodiversity to save it"--And which are not. And she considers the consequences of linking scientific research and rural "enfranchisement" to the logics of intellectual property. Roving across UN protocols, botanical collecting histories, Mexican nationalist agendas, neoliberal property regimes, and North-South relations, When Nature Goes Public charts the myriad, emergent publics that drive and contest the global market in biodiversity and its futures. -- from back cover
Analysis Aylward, Bruce
Berlin, Brent
Clifford, James
Cox, Paul
Delgado, Guillermo
Flitner, Michael
Fuente, Macrina
Global Exchange
Hersch Martínez, Paul
Human Genome Project
Janzen, Dan
Kohler, Robert
Linares, Edelmira
Lozoya, Xavier
Morales, Gustavo
NIH (National Institutes of Health)
Parry, Bronwyn
Reid, Walter
Strathern, Marilyn
Timmermann, Barbara
ecological economics
economic botany
neem patent
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-274) and index
Subject Medicinal plants -- Mexico
Botanical drug industry -- Mexico
Ethnoscience -- Mexico
Intellectual property -- Mexico
Indigenous peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Mexico
Plant diversity conservation -- Mexico
Germplasm resources conservation -- Mexico
Botanical drug industry
Germplasm resources conservation
Indigenous peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Intellectual property
Medicinal plants
Plant diversity conservation
Inheemse volken.
Intellectuele eigendom.
Plantaardige geneesmiddelen.
Geneeskrachtige planten.
Plantes -- Conservation des ressources -- Mexique.
Diversite vegetale -- Mexique.
Ethnosciences -- Mexique.
Plantes medicinales -- Mexique.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003043339
ISBN 9780691216362