Value Practices in the Life Sciences and Medicine

Hardcover | February 18, 2015

EditorIsabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Francis Lee

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Many deep concerns in the life sciences and medicine have to do with the enactment, ordering and displacement of a broad range of values. This volume articulates a pragmatist stance for the study of the making of values in society, exploring various sites within life sciences and medicine andasking how values are at play. This means taking seriously the work scientists, regulators, analysts, professionals and publics regularly do, in order to define what counts as proper conduct in science and health care, what is economically valuable, and what is known and worth knowing.A number of analytical and methodological means to investigate these concerns are presented. The editors introduce a way to indicate an empirically oriented research program into the enacting, ordering and displacing of values. They argue that a research programme of this kind, makes it possible tomove orthogonally to the question of what values are, and thus ask how they are constituted. This rectifies some central problems that arise with approaches that depend on stabilized understandings of value. At the heart of it, such a research programme encourages the examination of how and withwhat means certain things come to count as valuable and desirable, how registers of value are ordered as well as displaced. It further encourages a sense that these matters could be, and sometimes simultaneously are, otherwise.

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Many deep concerns in the life sciences and medicine have to do with the enactment, ordering and displacement of a broad range of values. This volume articulates a pragmatist stance for the study of the making of values in society, exploring various sites within life sciences and medicine andasking how values are at play. This means ta...

Isabelle Dussauge is a researcher at the Center for Gender Research at the University of Uppsala. Her primary research interests are in the science and politics of the body, at the intersection of science and technology studies, gender studies, and the history of medicine. She has worked with visualization in medicine; the early comput...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:February 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Isabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Francis Lee, and Steve Woolgar: On the Omnipresence, Diversity, and Elusiveness of Values in the Life Sciences and MedicinePart I: Conflicted "Public" Values2. Sergio Sismondo: Key Opinion Leaders: Valuing Independence and Conflict of Interest in the Medical Sciences3. Christer Nordlund: The Moral Economy of a Miracle Drug: On Exchange Relationships Between Medical Science and the Pharmaceutical Industry in the 1940s4. Sven Widmalm: The Third Manuscript: Rules of Conduct and the Fact-Value Distinction in Mid-20th Century BiochemistryPart II: Markets as Carers for Health5. Philip Roscoe: A Moral Economy of Transplantation: Competing Regimes of Value in the Allocation of Transplant Organs6. Teun Zuiderent-Jerak, Kor Grit and Tom van der Grinten: Critical Composition of Public Values: On the Enactment and Disarticulation of What Counts in Healthcare Markets7. Daniel Neyland and Elena Simakova: The Mosquito Multiple: Malaria and Market-Based InitiativesPart III: Valuing Human and Non-Human Bodies8. Carrie Friese: Genetic Value: The Moral Economies of Cloning in the Zoo9. Kristin Asdal: Enacting Values from the Sea: On Innovation Devices, Value Practices and the Co-Modifications of Markets and Bodies in Aquaculture10. Ilana Lowy: Norms, Values And Constraints: The Case of Prenatal DiagnosisPart IV: Valuations and Knowledge11. Francis Lee: On Relational Work and Epistemic Value in the Biomedical Science12. Claes-Fredrik Helgesson and Linus Johansson Krafve: Data Transfer, Values and the Holding Together of Clinical Registry Networks13. Isabelle Dussauge: Valuation Machines: Economies of Desire/Pleasure in Contemporary Neuroscience14. Isabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, and Francis Lee: Valuography: Studying the Making of Values