This book provides a comprehensive assessment of the connection between processes of neoliberalization and the advancement and transformation of technoscience. Drawing on a range of theoretical insights, it explores a variety of issues including the digital revolution and the rise of immaterial culture, the rationale of psychiatric reforms and biotechnology regulation, discourses of social threats and human enhancement, and carbon markets and green energy policies.
A rich exploration of the overall logic of technoscientific innovation within late capitalism, and the emergence of a novel view of human agency with regard to the social and natural world, this volume reveals the interdependence of technoscience and the neoliberalization of society. Presenting the latest research from a leading team of scholars, Neoliberalism and Technoscience will be of interest to scholars of sociology, politics, geography and science and technology studies.
About the Author
Luigi Pellizzoni is Associate Professor of Environmental and Political Sociology at the University of Trieste, Italy.
Marja Ylönen works as a researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Luigi Pellizzoni, Marja Ylönen, Laurence Reynolds, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Alessandro Gandini, Simone Arnaldi, Imre Bárd, Arthur Arruda Leal Ferreira, Karina Lopes Padilha, Míriam Starosky, Rodrigo Costa Nascimento, Les Levidow, Theo Papaioannou, Kean Birch, Anders Blok, David J. Hess.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction, Luigi Pellizzoni and Marja Ylönen; Part 1 Neoliberalism, Technoscience and Late Capitalism: Neoliberalism and technology: perpetual innovation or perpetual crisis?, Laurence Reynolds and Bronislaw Szerszynski; Hegemonic contingencies: neoliberalized technoscience and neorationality, Luigi Pellizzoni and Marja Ylönen; Neoliberalism and ICTs: late capitalism and technoscience in cultural perspective, Alessandro Gandini. Part 2 Neoliberalism, Technoscience and Humanity: The end of history and the search for perfection. Conflicting teleologies of transhumanism and (neo)liberal democracy, Simone Arnaldi; Pre-empting the threat of human deficiencies, Imre Bárd; The question of citizenship and freedom in the psychiatric reform process: a possible presence of neoliberal governance practices, Arthur Arruda Leal Ferreira, Karina Lopes Padilha, Míriam Starosky and Rodrigo Costa Nascimento. Part 3 Neoliberalism, Technoscience and the Environment: Neoliberalizing technoscience and environment: EU policy for competitive, sustainable biofuels, Les Levidow, Theo Papaioannou and Kean Birch; Configuring homo carbonomicus: carbon markets, calculative techniques, and the green neoliberal, Anders Blok; The green transition, neoliberalism, and the technosciences, David J. Hess; Conclusion, Marja Ylönen and Luigi Pellizzoni; Index.