Contested Categories: Life Sciences in Society

1st Edition

Ayo Wahlberg, Susanne Bauer

Routledge
Published November 16, 2016
Reference - 228 Pages
ISBN 9781138276901 - CAT# Y315623
Series: Theory, Technology and Society

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Summary

Drawing on social science perspectives, Contested Categories presents a series of empirical studies that engage with the often shifting and day-to-day realities of life sciences categories. In doing so, it shows how such categories remain contested and dynamic, and that the boundaries they create are subject to negotiation as well as re-configuration and re-stabilization processes. Organized around the themes of biological substances and objects, personhood and the genomic body and the creation and dispersion of knowledge, each of the volume’s chapters reveals the elusive nature of fixity with regard to life science categories. With contributions from an international team of scholars, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the social, legal, policy and ethical implications of science and technology and the life sciences.

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