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Me Medicine vs. We MedicineReclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good$
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Donna Dickenson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159753

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159753.001.0001

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Reclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good

Reclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good

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Me Medicine vs. We Medicine

Donna Dickenson

Columbia University Press

This chapter initially examines the political landscape in which Me Medicine and We Medicine exist. This landscape is shaped by a strange phenomenon encountered in the vaccine case: communal solidarity in the cause of absolute individualism. Such an event seems to have foretold what would happen later in national politics—people came together as We to demand that only Me should count. The latter part of the chapter discusses the use of communal action for its rightful communal purpose, which is to reclaim biotechnology for the common good. It analyzes why and how communal action groups have used the power of the many to support the privileges of the few. Following a study of the way in which patient groups have challenged the commodification of the commons, the chapter concludes with a positive account of how mankind can keep the notion of We Medicine healthy and alive.

Keywords:   Me Medicine, We Medicine, solidarity, individualism, communal action, biotechnology

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