An Anthropology of Biomedicine / Edition 1

An Anthropology of Biomedicine / Edition 1

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An Anthropology of Biomedicine / Edition 1

The concept of a universal, standardizable body that can best be technologically manipulated in isolation from its context has become a foundation of biomedicine.  An Anthropology of Biomedicine introduces biomedicine from an anthropological perspective, exploring the entanglement of material bodies with history, environment, culture, and politics. Focusing on the ways in which the application of biomedical technologies bring about radical changes to societies at large, medical anthropologist Margaret Lock and physician and medical anthropologist Vinh-Kim Nguyen develop and integrate the theory that the human body in health and illness is not an ontological given but a moveable, malleable entity – the elusive product of nature and culture that refuses to be pinned down.

Tracking the historic global application of biomedical technologies — including the management of epidemics as part of colonial medicine, the control of populations, organ transplants, assisted reproductions, genetic testing and screening, and other technologies — the authors reveal the intended and unintended local consequences and the exacerbation of global inequalities and health disparities that such technologies bring about. The argument is put forward that in addition to focusing on the massive impact of poverty and social inequality on health and illness, attention must be given to local biologies, culture, and politics; as well as to the culture of biomedicine and the unexamined assumptions embedded in it. An Anthropology of Biomedicine serves as an important new introduction to the global implications of the implementation of biomedicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405110716
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/03/2010
Pages: 518
Sales rank: 942,450
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Biomedical technologies in practice

Chapter 2: The normal body

Chapter 3: Anthropologies of medicine

Second section overview

Chapter 4: Colonial disease and biological commensurability

Chapter 5: Grounds for comparison: biology and human experiments

Chapter 6: The right population

Third section overview

Chapter 7: Who owns the body?

Chapter 8: The social life of human organs

Chapter 9: Making kinship: infertility and assisted reproduction

Fourth section overview

Chapter 10: The sociotechnical self

Chapter 11: Genes as embodied risk

Chapter 12: Global health

Fifth section overview

Chapter 13: From local to situated biologies

Chapter 14: Of microbes and humans

Chapter 15: Genomics, epigenomics, and uncertain futures

Chapter 16: Molecularizing racial difference





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