© 2008 – Routledge
286 pages | 30 B/W Illus.
This groundbreaking book is the first comparative analysis of the relative strengths of global bioregions. Growth Cultures investigates the rapidly growing phenomena of biotechnology and sets this study within a knowledge economy context. Philip Cooke proposes a new knowledge-focused theoretical framework, ‘the New Global Bioeconomy’, against which to test empirical characteristics of biotechnology.
In this timely volume, Cooke unifies concepts from the sociology of science, economic sociology and evolutionary economic geography to focus on the problems and prospects for policy agencies worldwide trying to build ‘biotechnology clusters’. He develops a superior policy approach of thinking in terms of platforms that integrate proximities and pipelines, which will be of significant interest for the scientific and technological communities as well as economic development policy communities.
Growth Cultures will make fascinating reading for students, policy makers and researchers across management and business studies, innovation and knowledge studies, sociology, science and technology policy, applied economics, development studies and regional science.
1. Growth Cultures: Meaning and Interpretation in the Knowledge Age 2. The Knowledge Economy and Growth Cultures: A Theoretical Framework 3. Bioscientific Research and the Emergence of Knowledge Domains 4. The Microbiology Revolution and the Crisis in Pharmaceuticals 5. Academic Growth Cultures: The Rise of Bioregional Knowledge Domains 6. The Shifting Landscape of Bioscience Policy 7. The Cluster Model in Biotechnology: Nodes in Global Networks 8. Healthcare Biotechnology in Developing Countries 9. Environmental, Energy and Agro-Food Biotechnology 10. The Financing of Biopharmaceuticals Firms 11. Conclusion: Biotechnology’s Proximities, Pipelines and Platforms
The books in this series, all based on original research, explore the social, economic and ethical consequences of the new genetic sciences. The series is based in the Cesagene, one of the centres forming the ESRC’s Genomics Network (EGN), the largest UK investment in social-science research on the implications of these innovations. With a mix of research monographs, edited collections, textbooks and a major new handbook, the series is a valuable contribution to the social analysis of developing and emergent bio-technologies.