Bio-Capitalism: A Marxist Critique

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Chia-Huang Wang
Department of Sociology, Yuan-Ze University

This paper provides a critical review of contemporary bio-capitalism by means of a pure Marxian view and C. W. Mills's sociological imagination. First, the relationships between fetishism of commodity and commodification of life are discussed. Second, I critically describe the mechanism, structure, and process of bio-colonialism and bioenclosure, both of which involve patent practice. There is no complete solution to the domination and exploitation of bio-capitalism. Only some fragmented and partial social actions have been promoted to deal with the problems structured by bio-capitalism.

Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 4 (April 2007), 17-64.