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The Cunning of Rights: Law, Life, Biocultures

Rajshree Chandra


As newer forms of intellectual property—seeds, germplasm, genetic resources, plant varieties—materialize through advancements in biotechnology, a variety of entitlements, claims, and imaginations of citizenship are bred, mimicking the hybrid culture of genetic configurations. This book analyses the theoretical and philosophical frames of new (biotic) property, and assesses how its altered metaphysics inscribes itself in the politics of genetic resources. It probes how rights get ‘framed’ within and by law, in the diverse yet closely interrelated aspects of social, cultural, and biological life ... More

Keywords: biocultural entitlements, biogenetic property, intellectual property, biotechnology, farmers’ rights, benefit sharing, privileges, indigeneity, commons, rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199459766
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199459766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rajshree Chandra, author
Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India. She also teaches Political Science at Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi, India.