Introduction

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Abstract

Just like the first theories in physics viewed atoms as independent and surrounded by a void, our bodies’ microscopic constituents are often portrayed as disconnected from the body as a unified organism, and from its cultural and social contexts. In The Atomized Body the authors examine the relations between culture, society and bioscientific research and show how our bodies’ singularized atoms indeed still are socially and culturally embedded. In today’s medicine, the biosciences are entangled with state power, commercialism, and cultural ideas and expectations, as well as with the hopes and fears of individuals. Therefore, biomedicine and biotechnology also reshape our perceptions of selfhood and life. From a multidisciplinary perspective, with authors from art science to ethnology, this volume discusses the biosciences and the atomized body in their social, cultural and philosophical contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Atomized Body. The Cultural Life of Stem Cells, Genes and Neurons
EditorsMax Liljefors, Susanne Lundin, Andréa Wiszmeg
PublisherNordic Academic Press
Pages15-40
ISBN (Print)978-91-87121-92-0
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Art History
  • Ethnology

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