New Medical Technologies and Society

New Medical Technologies and Society

Reordering Life

Book - 2004
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New medical technologies are increasingly at the centre of noveltransformations in the human and social body. Whilst reproduction,health, ageing and dying have long been areas for technicalintervention, the emergence of molecular biology and informationtechnology raise far-reaching political, social and subjectivequestions.

New Medical Technologies and Society provides a criticalintroduction to the role and cultural significance of technologicalinnovation in redefining the boundaries of medicine and the body,tracing this process through the figure of "the lifecourse".Drawing on approaches from sociology and Science and TechnologyStudies, the authors explore key issues, theories and debates atthe junctures of bodies and medicine. In a style that is bothinnovative and challenging, Nik Brown and Andrew Webster open up animportant examination of new medical technologies not only forthose directly engaged, but for a wider audience interested in theways in which contemporary technologies can be interrogated throughcore sociological inquiry. They argue that, whilst manytechnologies emerge from and extend long-standing frameworks ofmedical treatment, genuinely novel and radical challenges to ourinterpretations of embodiment are emerging.

The book will be essential reading for both students and scholarsof the sociology of science and technology, medical sociology,social theory, genetics and informatics.
Publisher: Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2004
ISBN: 9780745627236
Characteristics: 216 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Webster, Andrew


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