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Nativitas: capitalizing genetic nationhood

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JournalNew Genetics and Society
DatePublished - Mar 2011
Issue number1
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)73-99
Original languageEnglish


This paper explores the way in which national sovereignty is defined and constituted through the production of indigenous genetic resources and biovalue. Our central argument is that the commodification of vital matter is mediated through what we call processes of "nativitization." Nativitization occurs at the intersections of nationhood and nature, particularly through national endeavors to define native biowealth, a process which is constitutionally sanctioned through various global agreements, most notably the Convention on Biological Diversity. Our analysis here explores the politics of nativitas played out within a particular national context, that of Finland and its recent attempts to define and lay claim to its nonhuman genetic resources.

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  • genetic resources, biopolitics, natural resources, nativity, national identity, nonhuman nationhood, FIELD

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