The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century (In-Formation) (Paperback)

Tues, March 5 at 7:00pm: Join us in welcoming local author Jenny Adams to share her new 1920s-set Mystery novel A DEADLY ENDEAVOR! She'll be in conversation with One More Page favorite Stephen Spotswood.

The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century (In-Formation) By Nikolas Rose Cover Image

The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century (In-Formation) (Paperback)

$50.40


Available from Our Distributor (Not in Store)

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.
Product Details ISBN: 9780691121918
ISBN-10: 0691121915
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: November 19th, 2006
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: In-Formation