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Imagining Science

in The Cuban Cure

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226709178
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226709192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226709192.003.0003
Imagining Science

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This chapter discusses the imagination of science in Cuba. It highlights the role of the Cuban revolution in promoting science in Cuba. It explains that unlike the colonial power, the revolutionary government has made significant investments in local science. This chapter suggests that the local and historicized framings of scientific practice were reformulated under the revolution against the backdrop of broader global politics and contends that there are a number of contextual factors specific to Cuba which gave the Cuban scientists certain distinct advantages when it came to developing biotechnology. It also discusses the medicalization of the Cuban state.

Keywords: science; Cuban revolution; scientific practice; global politics; biotechnology; medicalization

Chapter.  7296 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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