Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies: Death, Mourning, and Scientific Desire in the Realm of Human Organ Transfer

Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies: Death, Mourning, and Scientific Desire in the Realm of Human Organ Transfer

by Lesley A. Sharp
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231138393

ISBN-13: 9780231138390

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In the United States today, the human body defines a lucrative site of reusable parts, ranging from whole organs to minuscule and even microscopic tissues. Although the medical practices that enable the transfer of parts from one body to another most certainly relieve suffering and extend lives, they have also irrevocably altered perceptions of the cultural values

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Overview

In the United States today, the human body defines a lucrative site of reusable parts, ranging from whole organs to minuscule and even microscopic tissues. Although the medical practices that enable the transfer of parts from one body to another most certainly relieve suffering and extend lives, they have also irrevocably altered perceptions of the cultural values assigned to the body.

Organ transfer is rich terrain to investigate—especially in the American context, where sophisticated technological interventions have significantly shaped understandings of health and well-being, suffering, and death. In Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies, Lesley Sharp probes the ideological assumptions underlying the transfer of body parts, the social significance of donors' deaths, and the medico-scientific desires surrounding complex forms of body repair. Sharp also considers the experimental realm, in which nonhuman species and artificial devices present further opportunities for recovery and for controversy.

A compelling scientific investigation and social critique, Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies explores the pervasive, and at times pernicious, practices shaping American biomedicine in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138390
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Good DeathManaging and Memorializing the Dead

2. Body CommoditiesThe Medical Value of the Human Body and its Parts

3. Human, Monkey, MachineThe Brave New World of Human Hybridity

EpilogueThe Future of the Body Transformed

NotesReferences CitedIndex

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