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- DescriptionDuring the late 1970s and 1980s, cancer underwent a remarkable transformation. In one short decade, what had long been a set of heterogeneous diseases marked by uncontrolled cell growth became a disease of our genes. How this happened and what it means is the story Joan Fujimura tells in a rare inside look at the way science works and kwledge is created. A dramatic study of a new species of scientific revolution, this book combines a detailed ethgraphy of scientific thought, an in-depth account of science practiced and produced, a history of one branch of science as it entered the limelight, and a view of the impact of new genetic techlogies on science and society. The scientific enterprise that Fujimura unfolds for us is proto-oncogene cancer research--the study of those segments of DNA w thought to make rmal cells cancerous. Within this framework, she describes the processes of kwledge construction as a social enterprise, an endless series of negotiations in which theories, material techlogies, and practices are co-constructed, incorporated, and refashioned. Along the way, Fujimura addresses long-standing questions in the history and philosophy of science, culture theory, and sociology of science: How do scientists create good problems, experiments, and solutions? What are the cultural, institutional, and material techlogies that have to be in place for new truths and new practices to succeed? Portraying the development of kwledge as a multidimensional process conducted through multiple cultures, institutions, actors, objects, and practices, this book disrupts divisions among sociology, history, anthropology, and the philosophy of science, techlogy, and medicine.
- Author BiographyFujimura Joan H. Joan H. Fujimura is Associate Professor and Henry R. Luce Professor of Biotechnology and Society in the Department of Anthropology and the Interdisciplinary Program in History and Philosophy of Science at Stanford University.
- Author(s)Joan H Fujimura
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication05/02/1996
- SubjectClinical Medicine: Professional
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white tables
- Weight644 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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