In Ethnicity, Inc. anthropologists John L. and Jean Comaroff analyze a new moment in the history of human identity: its rampant commodification. Through a wide-ranging exploration of the changing relationship between culture and the market, they address a pressing question: Wherein lies the future of ethnicity?
Their account begins in South Africa, with the incorporation of an ethno-business in venture capital by a group of traditional African chiefs. But their horizons are global: Native American casinos; Scotland’s efforts to brand itself; a Zulu ethno-theme park named Shakaland; a world religion declared to be intellectual property; a chiefdom made into a global business by means of its platinum holdings; San “Bushmen” with patent rights potentially worth millions of dollars; nations acting as commercial enterprises; and the rapid growth of marketing firms that target specific ethnic populations are just some of the diverse examples that fall under the Comaroffs’ incisive scrutiny. These phenomena range from the disturbing through the intriguing to the absurd. Through them, the Comaroffs trace the contradictory effects of neoliberalism as it transforms identities and social being across the globe.
Ethnicity, Inc. is a penetrating account of the ways in which ethnic populations are remaking themselves in the image of the corporation—while corporations coopt ethnic practices to open up new markets and regimes of consumption. Intellectually rigorous but leavened with wit, this is a powerful, highly original portrayal of a new world being born in a tectonic collision of culture, capitalism, and identity.
Mar 17, 2020
Amid fears of a global drug shortage, some good news. China gradually resumes supply of active pharma ingredients to India.
Mar 17, 2020
Buy American! Trump preparing executive order that will c r u s h China. Donald Trump has been insisting for years that our country has been too economically dependent on China, so it is sad that it took a global p u b l i c health c r i s i s to prove he was right all this time.
Trump working on executive order to limit dependence on China for medical supplies. Trump declares national e m e r g e n c y as America s h u t s d o w n. Meanwhile China is blaming the United States for the current scenario.
Mar 19, 2020
US technology companies are dependent on China for up to 50% of their parts and equipment. The auto industry depends on China for about 15% of its parts. 80% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) in US drugs coming from either China or India, as well as 90% of generic drugs. Even US defense industry outsources manufacturing to China.
Premiered Mar 19, 2020
Dr. Antonio Graceffo China Economic Research US technology companies are dependent on China for up to 50% of their parts and equipment. The auto industry depends on China for about 15% of its parts. 80% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) in US drugs coming from either China or India, as well as 90% of generic drugs. Even US defense industry outsources manufacturing to China.
Feb 18, 2020
Describing the situation in terms of raw material import from China as ‘grim’, India Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) said the Indian Pharma Industry has enough stocks of active pharmaceutical ingredient (APIs) for two to three months only. India imports ₹17,000 crore worth of APIs from the Novel Coronavirus-hit nation.
Mar 25, 2019
Watch Sudarshan Jain on the API opportunity for Indian Pharma companies and the growth which lies ahead. Know more!