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New Medical Technologies and Society
By Nik Brown

New Medical Technologies and Society

Reordering Life

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New Medical Technologies and Society by Nik Brown

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New medical technologies are increasingly at the centre of novel transformations in the human and social body. Whilst reproduction, health, ageing and dying have long been areas for technical intervention, the emergence of molecular biology and information technology raise far--reaching political, social and subjective questions. New Medical Technologies and Society provides a critical introduction to the role and cultural significance of technological innovation 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 Technology Studies, the authors explore key issues, theories and debates at the junctures of bodies and medicine. In a style that is both innovative and challenging, Nik Brown and Andrew Webster open up an important examination of new medical technologies not only for those directly engaged, but for a wider audience interested in the ways in which contemporary technologies can be interrogated through core sociological inquiry. They argue that, whilst many technologies emerge from and extend long--standing frameworks of medical treatment, genuinely novel and radical challenges to our interpretations of embodiment are emerging. The book will be essential reading for both students and scholars of the sociology of science and technology, medical sociology, social theory, genetics and informatics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745627243
ISBN-10: 0745627242
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x 17mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 31-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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New medical technologies are increasingly at the centre of novel transformations in the human and social body. Whilst reproduction, health, ageing and dying have long been areas for technical intervention, the emergence of molecular biology and information technology raise far--reaching political, social and subjective questions.

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Author Biography - Nik Brown

Nik Brown is Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York. Andrew Webster is Professor in the Sociology of Science and Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York

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