By Margaret Lock (auth.), Margaret Lock, Deborah Gordon (eds.)
The tradition of up to date medication is the item of research during this ebook; the meanings and values implicit in biomedical wisdom and perform and the social techniques during which they're produced are tested by using particular case stories. The essays offer examples of the way numerous features of twentieth century medication, together with edu cation, study, the construction of scientific wisdom, the improvement and alertness of know-how, and daily scientific perform, are consistent with vaded by way of a cost process attribute of an industrial-capitalistic view of the area within which the concept that technology represents an goal and price loose physique of information is dominant. The authors of the essays are sociologists and anthropologists (in nearly equivalent numbers); additionally integrated are papers through a social historian and by means of 3 physicians all of whom have steeped themselves within the social sci ences and arts. This co-operative exercise, which has necessi tated the breaking down of disciplinary boundaries to a point, is in keeping with haps indicative of a bigger stream within the social sciences, one within which there's a trying to find a center flooring among grand idea and makes an attempt at common reasons at the one hand, and the context-spe cific empiricism and relativistic bills attribute of many historic and anthropological analyses at the other.
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These assumptions are corroborated by and sustain the political and humanist philosophy of individualism so dominant in western societies (Dumont 1970, 1977). In essence, Individual is to Society what Atom is to Nature". THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY The Sovereign Individual If we were to write a creation story for contemporary western society, we would have to begin with, "In the beginning there was the individual ... 1 2 In the most extreme version of this cosmology (as found in North America), the individual is seen not only as culturally distinct, but prior to society and culture, even in conflict with them.
The social dimension of illness and medical systems extends beyond simply socializing the individual through disease and illness (Young 1982). Sickness expounds a truth about the order of the world as much as the body of the sick person. Further, we must consider whether the adamant and relatively successful denial of the social dimension in medicine and naturalism is not paradoxically the exact evidence of the power of social assumptions and practices. To sustain as tenable an ideal of the autonomous, cultureless man, when from our first moments of life we exist in a social context, requires tremendous cultural and social support.
Biomedicine Examined by Margaret Lock (auth.), Margaret Lock, Deborah Gordon (eds.)