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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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RODRIGUES, Renata Vilela. The capitalization of life on the umbilical cord blood banking: questions to psychology in the production of subjectivity. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.3, pp. 1005-1021. ISSN 1808-4281.

The commercialization of stem cells found in umbilical cord blood is one of the facets of biopolitics in which life is marketed, managed and governed by a variety of Regenerative Medicine companies. Supported by theoretical and methodological Foucaultian and actor-network-theory contributions, this paper aims to discuss contemporary biopolitical strategies, which drive a capitalization market of life in the public and private banks of umbilical cord stem cells focused on Brazil. In these banks, body parts become a source of capital, which attach themselves to a heterogeneous network of biotechnological devices that mobilize subjectivities, articulating political affectivities. The use of biotechnologies aimed at manipulating the umbilical cord stem cells enable subjectivities modes configured as entrepreneurial, which claim for themselves the care of their health and the optimization of vitality.

Palavras-chave : stem cells; capitalization; biopolitics; subjectivities.

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