"This book offers the most incisive, compelling analysis yet of the multinational pharmaceutical industry—of the mechanisms by which health is appropriated by capital, and the empirically distinct ways in which this takes place in different locations across the globe. As Kaushik Sunder Rajan makes plain, the 'pharmocracy' thus produced is no mere instrument of profit maximization: it also yields complex regimes of governance, knowledge, and ethics that are contested and rendered political in unpredictable, polarizing ways. The account is a tour de force in the study of bioscience, value, and the nature of power in our times." — Jean Comaroff, coauthor of The Truth about Crime: Sovereignty, Knowledge, Social Order
"Pharmocracy is deeply unsettling, taking world systems ethnography and postcolonial science and technology studies in new directions with its intricate account of how the global pharmaceutical industry is making its mark in contemporary India. Superbly written and argued, Pharmocracy examines the fate of science and innovation, public health, and democracy while telling of next-generation imperialism and of the many nodes and modes of politics engendered by contemporary structural conditions. It is also a story about and a call for governance. One comes away both sobered and impressed by Indian institutions." — Kim Fortun, author of Advocacy after Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders
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