In this fully revised and updated second edition of An Anthropology of Biomedicine, authors Lock and Nguyen introduce biomedicine from an anthropological perspective, exploring the entanglement of material bodies with history, environment, culture, and politics. Drawing on historical and ethnographic work, the book critiques the assumption made by the biological sciences of a universal human body that can be uniformly standardized. It focuses on the ways in which the application of biomedical technologies brings about radical changes to societies at large based on socioeconomic inequalities and ethical disputes, and develops and integrates the theory that the human body in health and illness is not an ontological given but a moveable, malleable entity.
This second edition includes new chapters on: microbiology and the microbiome; global health; and, the self as a socio-technical system. In addition, all chapters have been comprehensively revised to take account of developments from within this fast-paced field, in the intervening years between publications. References and figures have also been updated throughout.
This highly-regarded and award-winning textbook (Winner of the 2010 Prose Award for Archaeology and Anthropology) retains the character and features of the previous edition. Its coverage remains broad, including discussion of: biomedical technologies in practice; anthropologies of medicine; biology and human experiments; infertility and assisted reproduction; genomics, epigenomics, and uncertain futures; and molecularizing racial difference, ensuring it remains the essential text for students of anthropology, medical anthropology as well as public and global health.
Chapter 1: Biomedical technologies in practice
Chapter 2: The normal body
Chapter 3: Anthropologies of medicine
Second section overview
Chapter 4: Colonial disease and biological commensurability
Chapter 5: Grounds for comparison: biology and human experiments
Chapter 6: The right population
Third section overview
Chapter 7: Who owns the body?
Chapter 8: The social life of human organs
Chapter 9: Making kinship: infertility and assisted reproduction
Fourth section overview
Chapter 10: The sociotechnical self
Chapter 11: Genes as embodied risk
Chapter 12: Global health
Fifth section overview
Chapter 13: From local to situated biologies
Chapter 14: Of microbes and humans
Chapter 15: Genomics, epigenomics, and uncertain futures
Chapter 16: Molecularizing racial difference