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Ciencia privatizada en América Latina

Rikap, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-4153-4490 & Naidorf, J. (2020). Ciencia privatizada en América Latina. Con-Ciencia Social(3), pp. 57-76. doi: 10.7203/con-cienciasocial.3.16790


In regions such as Latin America, the commodification of science involves its subordination to the production of innovations at the global level that reinforce current power structures and the dependent place of the region. To account for these specificities, the article introduces the concept of privatized science. It is understood as science that, by copying exogenous agendas and priorities alien to the context of knowledge creation and social needs (and even if its results are public), benefits the accumulation of private profits without any revenue being left for the institutions producing that knowledge, nor therefore for their countries of origin. The article shows concrete dimensions of privatized science, namely: blind transfer of knowledge, the orientation of the research agendas to the priorities of foreign companies or international organizations, and/or to mainstream international agenda, and the relevance of the international editorial oligopoly. These dimensions penetrate deeply into the region given that papers published in peer-review international journals are the privileged evaluation criteria. Thus, this article ends by suggesting alternative indicators for the evaluation of public science and technology research.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: commodification, privatized science blind knowledge transfer, research agendas, editorial oligopolies, Latin America
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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