Contested Categoriesby Ayo Wahlberg
Pub. Date: 11/01/2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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.
Table of ContentsContents: Preface; Foreword, GÃsli PÃ¡lsson; Introduction: categories of life, Ayo Wahlberg and Susanne Bauer; Human and object, subject and thing: the troublesome nature of human biological material (HBM), Cecily Palmer; Substances of the body: blood, genes, and personhood, Malin Noem Ravn; Governing risk through informed choice: prenatal testing in welfarist maternity care, Mianna Meskus; Visualising and calculating life: matters of fact in the context of prenatal risk assessment, Nete Schwennesen and Lene Koch; Serious disease as kinds of living, Ayo Wahlberg; From society to molecule and back: the contested scale of public health science, Susanne Bauer; Life beyond information: contesting life and the body in history and molecular biology, Adam Bencard; The place and space of research work: studying control in a bioscience laboratory, Amrita Mishra; Almost human: scientific and popular strategies for making sense of 'missing links', Murray Goulden and Andrew S. Balmer; Index.
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