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Genomic Stuff: Governing the (Im)matter of Life

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dc.contributor.author Pálsson, Gísli
dc.contributor.author Prainsack, Barbara
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-21T19:37:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-21T19:37:56Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7548
dc.description.abstract "Emphasizing the context of what has often been referred to as 'scarce natural resources', in particular forests, meadows, and fishing stocks, Elinor Ostroms important works, including Governing the commons (1990) and Understanding institutional diversity (2005), present an institutional framework for discussing the development and use of collective action with respect to environmental problems. In this article we discuss extensions of Ostroms approach to human genes and genomes and explore its limits and usefulness in this field. We argue that while there are radically different contexts and cases and governance regimes still to be debated, what we call 'genomic stuff' genomic material, data, and information often can best be regulated by modes of stewardship and self-regulation of appropriators. We exemplify this claim by a discussion of gene patenting, the 'Genome War', and the so-called HapMap project. The issue of how to best govern the genomic stuff of humans, we suggest, is complicated by the situation that the appropriator and the appropriated can be the same, inviting fundamental questions about politics and ethics." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject global commons en_US
dc.subject Ostrom, Elinor en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.title Genomic Stuff: Governing the (Im)matter of Life en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 5 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 259-283 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth August en_US

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