Chapter

Introduction

in The Age of Immunology

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226568126
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226568140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226568140.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter provides an introduction to the science of immunology and focuses on racism in the sciences. Immunological ideas provide the primary conceptual framework in which human relations take place in the contemporary world. Therefore, it openly accepts that a certain metaphor of science also now dominates the social interactions in which human relations are rhetorically negotiated and described. The chapter discusses a fundamental bias regarding creative life. Today's world relies heavily on innovation rather than on invention. The Age of Immunology relies heavily on innovation for survival. The psychological transformation and human change are creative ventures that occur when one encounters difference and finds some space in which the net result of an encounter with a genuine “other” is greater than the sum of the parts of the encounter.

Keywords: psychological transformation; immunological ideas; human relations; creative life

Chapter.  5343 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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