The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, & Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century
Rose, Nikolas 20061110 Princeton University Press，352p.
■Rose, Nikolas 20061110 The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, & Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century，Princeton University Press，352p. ISBN-10:0691121907 ISBN-13:978-0691121901 [amazon]／[kinokuniya] ※ bp gth n02
For centuries, medicine aimed to treat abnormalities. But today normality itself is open to medical modification. Equipped with a new molecular understanding of bodies and minds, and new techniques for manipulating basic life processes at the level of molecules, cells, and genes, medicine now seeks to manage human vital processes. "The Politics of Life Itself" offers a much-needed examination of recent developments in the life sciences and biomedicine that have led to the widespread politicization of medicine, human life, and biotechnology. Avoiding the hype of popular science and the pessimism of most social science, Nikolas Rose analyzes contemporary molecular biopolitics, examining developments in genomics, neuroscience, pharmacology, and psychopharmacology and the ways they have affected racial politics, crime control, and psychiatry. Rose analyzes the transformation of biomedicine from the practice of healing to the government of life; the new emphasis on treating disease susceptibilities rather than disease; the shift in our understanding of the patient; the emergence of new forms of medical activism; the rise of biocapital; and the mutations in biopower. He concludes that these developments have profound consequences for who we think we are, and who we want to be.
Nikolas Rose is James Martin White Professor of Sociology and Director of the BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His books include "The Psychological Complex, Governing the Soul, Inventing Our Selves", and "Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought".
List of Acronyms
Chapter 1 Biopolitics in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 2 Politics and Life
Chapter 3 An Emergent Form of Life?
Chapter 4 At Genetic Risk
Chapter 5 Biological Citizens
Chapter 6 Race in the Age of Genomic Medicine
Chapter 7 Neurochemical Selves
Chapter 8 The Biology of Control
Afterword Somatic Ethics and the Spirit of Biocapital