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Book discussion: Pharmocracy - value, politics, and knowledge in global biomedicine

When: Wednesday, 02 August 2017 - Wednesday, 02 August 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
WiSER Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Richard Ward Building
Start time:13:00

The Medical Humanities at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) will host a discussion on Professor Kaushik Sunder Rajan’s book.

Rajan (University of Chicago) will be in conversation with Julia Hornberger (Anthropology, Wits) and the discussion will be chaired by Professor Achille Mbembe.

Continuing his pioneering theoretical explorations into the relationships among biosciences, the market, and political economy, Rajan introduces the concept of pharmocracy to explain the structure and operation of the global hegemony of the multinational pharmaceutical industry.

His case studies from contemporary India demonstrate the precarious situation in which pharmocracy places democracy, as India’s accommodation of global pharmaceutical regulatory frameworks pits the interests of its citizens against those of international capital. Rajan’s insights into this dynamic make clear the high stakes of pharmocracy’s intersection with health, politics, and democracy.


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