Biomedicine as Culture: Instrumental Practices, Technoscientific Knowledge, and New Modes of Life

1st Edition

Regula Valérie Burri, Joseph Dumit

Routledge
Published June 4, 2010
Reference - 260 Pages
ISBN 9780415883177 - CAT# Y109961
Series: Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

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Summary

This volume offers interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary biomedicine as a cultural practice. It brings together leading scholars from cultural anthropology, sociology, history, and science studies to conduct a critical dialogue on the culture(s) of biomedical practice, discussing its epistemic, material, and social implications. The essays look at the ways new biomedical knowledge is constructed within hospitals and academic settings and at how this knowledge changes perceptions, material arrangements, and social relations, not only within clinics and scientific communities, but especially once it is diffused into a broader cultural context.

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