From market to market: Bioprospecting's idioms of inclusion

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In this article I explore how "community" and its foil, the (urban) market, provide competing models for the market-mediated modes of inclusion and exclusion on offer through bioprospecting agreements. Focusing on the collecting strategies of Mexican scientists implementing one such agreement, I show how community and market inform prospecting participants' ideas not just about (re)distributing benefits but also about managing the political liabilities now haunting corporate resource extraction in the South [bioprospecting, anthropology of science, Mexico, Latin America, globalization, intellectual property, indigenous rights]

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