Subjects of Speculation: Emergent Life Sciences and Market Logics in the United States and India
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 107, Issue 1, pages 19–30, March 2005
How to Cite
RAJAN, K. S. (2005), Subjects of Speculation: Emergent Life Sciences and Market Logics in the United States and India. American Anthropologist, 107: 19–30. doi: 10.1525/aa.2005.107.1.019
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
This article traces systems of exchange concerning the life sciences and capital and how they configure subjectivity in the United States and India. This is done through case studies concerning the emergence of personalized medicine in the two locales. In the U.S. case, I argue for the configuration of the subjects of personalized medicine as sovereign consumers; in the Indian case, I argue for their configuration as experimental subjects. I situate these arguments in the context of epistemologies of genomics and the consolidation of systems of speculative capitalism.