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Value Practices in the Life Sciences and Medicine

Isabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, and Francis Lee


Many deep concerns in the life sciences and medicine have to do with the enactment, ordering, and displacement of a broad range of values. This volume articulates a pragmatic stance for studying the making of values in society, which means taking seriously the work scientists, regulators, analysts, professionals, and publics regularly do to define what counts as proper conduct, what is economically valuable, and what is known and worth knowing. Exploring various sites within life sciences and medicine, this volume features in-depth studies ranging from how zoos make animal value to how health- ... More

Keywords: life sciences, medicine, health care, values, pragmatism, value practices, moral economy, science and technology studies, biocapital

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabelle Dussauge, editor
Researcher, Center for Gender Research, University of Uppsala

Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, editor
Professor, Department of Thematic Studies - Technology and Social Change, Linköping University

Francis Lee, editor
Assistant Professor, Department of Thematic Studies - Technology and social change, Linköping University

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1 On the omnipresence, diversity, and elusiveness of values in the life sciences and medicine

Isabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Francis Lee, and Steve Woolgar

Part I Conflicted ‘Public’ Values

2 Key opinion leaders

Sergio Sismondo1

4 The third manuscript

Sven Widmalm

Part II Markets as Carers for Health

6 Critical composition of public values

Teun Zuiderent-Jerak, Kor Grit, and Tom van der Grinten

7 The mosquito multiple

Daniel Neyland and Elena Simakova

Part III Valuing Human and Non-human Bodies

8 Genetic value

Carrie Friese

Part IV Valuations and Knowledge

13 Valuation machines

Isabelle Dussauge

Part V Conclusion

14 Valuography

Isabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, and Francis Lee

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