Biomedicine as Culture

Biomedicine as Culture

Co-edited with Regula Burri in 2008. Biomedicine as Culture: Instrumental Practices, Technoscientific Knowledge, and New Modes of Life (Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society), best described through contents:

Introduction REGULA VALÉRIE BURRI AND JOSEPH DUMIT PART

I Social and cultural studies of biomedicine

1 Medicalizing culture(s) or culturalizing medicine(s) STEFAN BECK

2 Metaphors of medicine and the culture of healing: Historical perspectives  JAKOB TANNER

3 Medicine as practice and culture: The analysis of border regimes and the necessity of a hermeneutics of physical bodies 47 GESA LINDEMANN PART

II Epistemic practices and material culture(s) 

4 The future is now: Locating biomarkers for dementia  MARGARET LOCK

5 Embodied action, enacted bodies: The example of hypoglycaemia  ANNEMARIE MOL AND JOHN LAW

6 Sociotechnical anatomy: Technology, space, and body in the MRI unit 109 REGULA VALÉRIE BURRI

7 Risk and safety in the operating theater: An ethnographic study of sociotechnical practices 123 CORNELIUS SCHUBERT

PART III Biomedical knowledge in context

8 Genomic susceptibility as an emergent form of life? Genetic testing, identity, and the remit of medicine  NIKOLAS ROSE

9 Susceptible individuals and risky rights: Dimensions of genetic responsibility  THOMAS LEMKE

10 “Pop genes”: An investigation of “the gene” in popular parlance  BARBARA DUDEN AND SILJA SAMERSKI

11 Genetics and its publics: Crafting genetic literacy and identity in the early twenty-first century  KAREN-SUE TAUSSIG

12 Constructing the digital patient: Patient organizations and the development of health websites  NELLY OUDSHOORN AND ANDRÉ SOMERS

Epilogue: Indeterminate lives, demands, relations: Emergent bioscapes  JOSEPH DUMIT AND REGULA VALÉRIE BURRI

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2008

Burri, Regula and Joseph Dumit, eds. 2008. Biomedicine as Culture: Instrumental Practices, Technoscientific Knowledge, and New Modes of Life, (Routledge).

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