Came across a book I found really, really useful and rewarding to read. Especially the legal side of things–very detailed and clear. The promises and dangers of biotechnologies unavoidably echo those of human industrial “progress” in the context of the climate change “problem.” So working on a review:

Revised: Dec 27, 2011 Again: Jan 7, 2012

Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies, Systems, Technologies.
By Neil Gerlach, Sheryl N. Hamilton, Rebecca Sullivan, and Priscilla L. Walton.

Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. 216 pp.
ISBN: 9780802099839 (bound); ISBN: 9780802096838 (pbk.).

Co-authored by four versatile scholars, Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies, Systems, Technologies makes a delightfully fluid read, which is as gratifying as it is analytically demanding … The analysis expressly foregrounds the Canadian context, but also situates the processes under investigation internationally.

In reviewing key aspects of the book’s discursive terrain this essay in addition opens up venues for its participatory reading. The analysis is theoretically contextualized within the McLuhan tradition and an analogy is projected between the challenges of biotechnology’s ambivalent repercussions and the similarly consequential and controversial tangle of climate change issues…

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