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ERIC Number: EJ1161780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 13
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ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
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The Problem of Bio-Concepts: Biopolitics, Bio-Economy and the Political Economy of Nothing
Birch, Kean
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v12 n4 p915-927 Dec 2017
Scholars in science and technology studies--and no doubt other fields--have increasingly drawn on Michel Foucault's concept of biopolitics to theorize a variety of new "bio-concepts." While there might be some theoretical value in such exercises, many of these bio-concepts have simply replaced more rigorous--and therefore time-consuming--analytical work. This article provides a (sympathetic) critique of these various bio-concepts, especially as they are applied to the emerging "bio-economy." In so doing, the article seeks to show that the analysis of the bio-economy could be better framed as a political economy of nothing. This has several implications for science education, which are raised in the article.
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Language: English
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