Troubling Natural Categories: Engaging the Medical by Naomi Adelson,Leslie Butt,Karina Kielmann

By Naomi Adelson,Leslie Butt,Karina Kielmann

the place do our traditional understandings of future health, affliction, and the physique stem from? What makes them authoritative? How are the bounds set round those components of lifestyles unsettled within the altering old and political contexts of technological know-how, know-how, and healthiness care supply? those questions are on the center of Troubling average different types, a set of essays honouring the culture of Margaret Lock, one of many preeminent clinical anthropologists of our time.

Throughout her profession, Lock has investigated how drugs units obstacles round what's deemed "normal" and "natural," and the way, in flip, those principles form our technical and ethical understandings of existence, disorder, and dying. during this ebook, 9 verified clinical anthropologists - all former scholars of Lock - severely have interaction along with her paintings, providing ethnographic and ancient analyses that problematize taken-for-granted constructs in healthiness and medication in a variety of worldwide settings. The essays tricky state-of-the-art issues inside scientific anthropology, together with the usually tense, inherently political nature of biomedicine and biotechnology, the medicalization of psychological well-being tactics, and the formation of uniquely "local biologies" during the convergence of physically event, clinical discourse, and new applied sciences of care.

Troubling traditional different types not just affirms Margaret Lock's position on the leading edge of scholarship yet, with those essays, carves out new highbrow instructions within the scientific social sciences.

Contributors contain Sean Brotherton, Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Junko Kitanaka, Stephanie Lloyd, Dominique Behague, and Annette Leibing.

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