Public Health and Private Wealth: Stem Cells, Surrogates, and Other Strategic Bodies

ISBN : 9780199463374

Sarah Hodges; Mohan Rao
228 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jun 2016
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Poverty whether as drain theory at the start of the twentieth century or through garibi hatao towards the end of those 100 yearswas the predominant economic, political, and social paradigm within which late colonial, nationalist and post-independence era science policy was constructed. Whether as critics of Indias poverty, or as architects of measures for its eradication, Indias commentators called on a broad framework of science both to diagnose and treat poverty. Yet, when we think of science in India today, this earlier priority of poverty eradication is now hard to find. Poverty eradication as a goal in itself seems to have fallen off Indias scientific agenda almost entirely. What accounts for this? This volume asks: Has the problem of poverty in India been solved? Or, has it become inconvenient alongside the rise of new narratives that frame India as a site of remarkable economic growth? Indeed, has there been a loss of faith in the ability of science to tackle poverty? Together, the essays in this volume explore the broader implications for the new role of science in India: as a driver of economic growth for India, rather than as a solution to the persistence of poverty.


Introduction: Science, Technology and Medicine in India: The problem of poverty
Sarah Hodges and Mohan Rao

Part 1: The quest for improvement
1.Colonial Poverty: Nutrition, disease and the problem of the poor
David Arnold
2.Tubercular Optics: Health, techno-science and the obfuscation of poverty
Lakshmi Kutty
3.Surveillance for Equity? Poverty, inequality and the anti-politics of family planning
Rebecca Williams

Part 2: Indias Hospitals: For whom?
4.Globalisation and the Health of a Megacity: The case of Mumbai
Ramila Bisht and Altaf Virani
5.Commericalisation and the poverty of public health services in India
Rama Baru
6.It all changed after Apollo and other corporate hospital myths
Sarah Hodges

Part 3: National Techno-science and Promising Bodies
7. The Globalization of Reproduction in India: From population control to surrogacy
Mohan Rao
8. Biotechnology in India: Catalyst for a knowledge era?
Priya Ranjan
9. Stem Cell Research and Experimentation in India: Leveraging hope for global prominence
Rohini Kandhari
10. Mainstreaming Indigenous Knowledge: Genealogy of a metaconcept
Dhruv Raina
Notes on Editors and Contributors

About the author: 

Sarah Hodges is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, UK.; Mohan Rao is Professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH), School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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