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The Medical Imaginary and the Biotechnical Embrace

Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247925.003.0013
The Medical Imaginary and the Biotechnical Embrace

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This chapter takes a look at the author's cross-cultural examination of oncology research. It investigates knowledge and technology in relation to affect, and shows that economic investments run parallel to the emotional and cultural investments of clinicians and patients and their families which inform the use or refusal of experimental techniques and machines. The chapter also analyzes clinical narratives in order to reveal the effects, affects, and production of biomedical hope.

Keywords: oncology research; knowledge; technology; affect; clinical narratives; biomedical hope; investments; experimental techniques

Chapter.  7231 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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