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Technologized Images, Technologized Bodies
Edited by Jeanette Edwards, Penelope Harvey, and Peter Wade
270 pages, 18 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-84545-664-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2010)
eISBN 978-1-84545-830-0 eBook
“…a compelling collection of works that engages with the impact of modern technologies and sciences on human life. It is an important contribution to the fields of visual anthropology, anthropology of the body and science and technology studies, engaging with the complex relationships between various technologies and various forms of subjectivity, while also grappling with important historical, political and cultural considerations.” · Journal of Biosocial Science
“Anthropologically, this is a timely,challenging, and important collection of essays for anyone interested in technologies of vision and bodies and provides novel material for study in the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine.” · Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
The modern world is saturated with images. Scientific knowledge of the human body (in all its variety) is highly dependent on the technological generation of visual data – brain and body scans, x-rays, diagrams, graphs and charts. New technologies afford scientists and medical experts new possibilities for probing and revealing previously invisible and inaccessible areas of the body. The existing literature has been successful in mapping the impact and implications of new medical technologies and in marrying the visual and the body but thus far has focused only narrowly on particular kinds of technology or taken only a purely textual/visual (cultural studies) approach to images of the body. Combining approaches from three of the most dynamic and popular fields of contemporary social anthropology – the study of the visual, the study of the technological and the study of the human body – this volume draws these together and interrogates their intersection using insights from ethnographic approaches. Offering a fascinating and wide range of perspectives, the chapters in this volume bring an innovative focus that reflects the authors’ shared interest in ‘the body’ and visualising technologies.
Jeanette Edwards is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is author of Born and Bred: Idioms of Kinship and New Reproductive Technologies in England (2000); co-author of Technologies of Procreation: Kinship in the Age of Assisted Conception (2nd edition, 1999); co-editor of European Kinship in the Age of Biotechnology (2009); and coeditor, with Harvey and Wade, of Anthropology and Science (2007).
Penelope Harvey is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Manchester and co-Director of CRESC (ESRC Centre for Research on Socio- Cultural Change). She has done ethnographic research in Peru, Spain and the UK, and published on engineering practice, state formation, information technologies and the politics of communication.
Peter Wade is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His publications include Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (1997); Music, Race and Nation (2000); Race, Nature and Culture (2002); and Race and Sex in Latin America (2009).