New Medical Technologies and Society: Reordering Life
July 2004, Polity
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.
Chapter two Science & Technology Studies: Opening the Black Bag.
Chapter Three Reproducing Medical Technology.
Chapter Four Maintaining the Body.
Chapter Five Substituting the Body.
Chapter Six Technologies of Death and Dying.
Chapter Seven Conclusion.
References and Bibliography.
Andrew Webster is Professor in the Sociology of Science and Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York
- Comprehensive and accessible introduction to key issues,
concepts and debates about the role and cultural significance of
technological innovation in medicine
- focuses on issues surrounding reproduction, health, ageing and
- examines the role of Information and Communication Technologies
(ICTs) and telemedicine
- lifecourse approach
‘An especially useful and thorough treatment. Brown and Webster demonstrate the efficacy of science and technology studies for understanding the myriad ways in which new medical technologies are reordering life.’ – Steve Woolgar, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford