Governing hereditary disease in the age of autonomy: mutations, families and care

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Increasing knowledge of the biological and the emergence of 'bio-objects', the categories, materialities and processes that are central to the configuring of 'life', are fundamentally transforming what life itself means and where its boundaries lie. New developments in the biosciences - especially through the molecularisation of life - are shaping healthcare and other aspects of our society, and the new bio-objects that enable this are traced in this cutting edge volume, as they emerge, stabilize and circulate through society.

Examining a variety of bio-objects in contexts beyond the laboratory, Bio-Objects: Life in the 21st Century explores new ways of thinking about how novel bio-objects enter contemporary life, analysing the manner in which the boundaries between human and animal, organic and non-organic, and being 'alive' and the suspension of living, are questioned, destabilised and in some cases re-established.

Thematically organised around questions of the changing boundaries between the human, non-human and society; the governance of new bio-objects and the social regulations involved in the boundary shifts that they bring about; and the social, economic and political relations that these changes occasion, this book presents rich new case studies from Europe that will be of interest to scholars of science and technology studies, social theory, sociology and law.
Titel på gästpublikationBio-objects : Life in the 21st Century
RedaktörerNiki Vermeulen, Sakari Tamminen, Andrew Webster
Utgivningsdatum1 jan 2012
ISBN (tryckt)978-1-4094-1178-9
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-1-4094-1179-6
StatusPublicerad - 1 jan 2012
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


NamnTheory, Technology and Society


  • 5141 Sociologi
  • 5142 Social- och samhällspolitik

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Tupasela, A. (2012). Governing hereditary disease in the age of autonomy: mutations, families and care. I N. Vermeulen, S. Tamminen, & A. Webster (Red.), Bio-objects: Life in the 21st Century (s. 224). (Theory, Technology and Society). Ashgate.