Counterparts in Anthropological Knowledge and International Research Relations

Edited by Monica Konrad


As bio-capital in the form of medical knowledge, skills, and investments moves with greater frequency from its origin in First World industrialized settings to resource-poor communities with weak or little infrastructure, countries with emerging economies are starting to expand new indigenous science bases of their own. The case studies here, from the UK, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Latin America and elsewhere, investigate the forms of collaborative knowledge relations needed and the effects of ethics review and legal systems on local communities, and also demonstrate how anthropologically-informed insights may hope to influence key policy debates. Questions of governance in science and technology, as well as ethical issues related to bio-innovation, are increasingly being featured as topics of complex resourcing and international debate, and this volume is a much-needed resource for interdisciplinary practitioners and specialists in medical anthropology, social theory, corporate ethics, science and technology studies.

Theoretically ambitious and ethnographically rich, this volume takes a timely and critical look at inter-, trans-, even post-disciplinarity, emphasizing the central importance of exploring actual experiences and cultural contexts for the purpose of addressing the limits and potential of border-crossing and broad collaboration. This is multi-sited scholarship in an extended sense, in terms of disciplinary focus as well as empirical domain, with reasonable respect for the experimental and the playful.”  ·  Gísli Pálsson, University of Iceland

About the Editor

Monica Konrad is amedical anthropologist and Bye-Fellow in Social Anthropology at Girton College, Cambridge. She has served as an adviser to a number of organizations including the UK Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the International Council for Science (Paris), and since 2010 has been a working group member of the World Health Organization Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership (Geneva). Her publications include Nameless Relations (Berghahn Books 2005), and Narrating the New Predictive Genetics (Cambridge University Press 2005).

Binding: Hardback
PRINT ISBN: 978-0-85745-480-5
E ISBN: 978-0-85745-481-2
Final Extent: 308 pages, 4 figs, bibliog., index
Publication Date:May 2012
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