chapter  5
18 Pages

Cultural Economy of Racialized Pharmaceuticals in the U.S.

WithAnne Pollock

In its rich attention to intersections of transnational markets and global inequality, a central argument of this book is that moral value, epistemological value, and economic value need to be understood together rather than opposed to each other. This approach is also vital for understanding intersections of pharmaceutical research and inequality within countries. In the U.S., where consumer capitalism and racialized deprivation coexist, arguments about values and inequality are inseparable from arguments about race. Pharmaceutical research and consumption are central nodes of American biological citizenship, and African Americans are ambivalently configured simultaneously as a consumer segment and a neglected population.