An Anthropology of Biomedicine, 1st Edition by Margaret Lock, Vinh-Kim Nguyen

By Margaret Lock, Vinh-Kim Nguyen

An Anthropology of Biomedicine is a thrilling new creation to biomedicine and its international implications. concentrating on the ways that the appliance of biomedical applied sciences result in radical adjustments to societies at huge, cultural anthropologist Margaret Lock and her co-author doctor and clinical anthropologist Vinh-Kim Nguyen increase and combine the thesis that the human physique in health and wellbeing and affliction is the elusive manufactured from nature and tradition that refuses to be pinned down.

  • Introduces biomedicine from an anthropological standpoint, exploring the entanglement of fabric our bodies with heritage, setting, tradition, and politics
  • Develops and integrates an unique idea: that the human physique in health and wellbeing and disease isn't really an ontological given yet a portable, malleable entity
  • Makes huge use of historic and modern ethnographic fabrics all over the world to demonstrate the significance of this methodological approach
  • Integrates key new examine information with extra classical fabric, masking the administration of epidemics, famines, fertility and beginning, by way of army medical professionals from colonial occasions on
  • Uses various case experiences to demonstrate thoughts corresponding to the worldwide commodification of human our bodies and physique components, sleek kinds of inhabitants, and the extension of biomedical applied sciences into family and intimate domain names
  • Winner of the 2010 Prose Award for Archaeology and Anthropology

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Of course utopian visions about the freedom that technologies will bring have not been entirely hegemonic, and all along they have been opposed by a counterdiscourse depicting dystopias, replete with warnings about the consequences for society of technology gone wild. From the Frankenstein story of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, to Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr Moreau, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale and more recently Oryx and Crake, among many others, we read in novels and science fiction and see at the movies and on television the havoc and misery that technologies can potentially create.

A similar situation applies very often to poor and isolated parts of well-off countries, including the rural United States and the Canadian Arctic where life expectancy rates are up to seven years lower than in these countries as a whole. Technologies of the Self Michel Foucault introduced the notion of technologies of the self when writing about Greek and Roman philosophy. He pointed out how, in classical times, philosophy extended beyond a system of thought to comprise a series of practices, including spiritual exercises, dietetics, and forms of self-control.

As we will show, theories of “biopower” must be rethought if they are to be of global relevance. We turn now to another set of practices that has been made possible only recently as a result of technological developments that came about from the latter part of the 20th century. The Power of Biological Reductionism The foundations of what would become scientific medicine were gradually set in place commencing in the 15th century in Europe, when the practice of anatomical dissection, much of it carried out as public spectacle, became customary practice.

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