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Culturing Bioscience: A Case Study in the Anthropology of Science

By: Udo Krautwurst(Author)

University of Toronto Press

Paperback | Aug 2014 | #218914 | ISBN-13: 9781442604629
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Hardback | Aug 2014 | #218913 | ISBN-13: 9781442608139
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Charting the rise and fall of an experimental biomedical facility at a North American university, Culturing Bioscience offers a fascinating glimpse into scientific culture and the social and political context in which that culture operates. Krautwurst nests the discussion of scientific culture within a series of levels from the lab to the global political economy. In the process he explores a number of topics, including: the social impact of technology; researchers' relationships with sophisticated equipment; what scientists actually do in a laboratory; what role science plays in the contemporary university; and the way bioscience interacts with local, regional, and global governments. The result is a rich case study that illustrates a host of contemporary issues in the social study of science.


- Intraduction
- A Beginning Is Always in the Middle of Something
- Bioscience in an Out-of-the-Way Place: How It Got Started
- The Organization of the Book: Magnifying Currents
- Science Studies: A Brief Outline of Newtonian and Quantum Versions
- Thirty Years of Bioscience in Action
- A Theoretical and Methodological Intralude
- An Indeterminate List of Agential Realist Concepts
- Thinking through Methods, Thinking Methods through

1. Intra-Action and Doing Science: Experiments, People, and Technology
- Investigating Neuroscience

2. Re-Visioning Scientific Practice through the ACCBR
- A Vision: From Cooperation to Collaboration
- Structure and Practice, or, Space... the Final Frontier?
- The Near Future of the ACCBR

3. What Can You Do in, to, and with a University?
- Anthropology and the Call to "Study up"
- The University in Transformation

4. Science and/as Development
- Science and/as Science Policy: The Triple Helix, Modes 1 and 2, and Business Clusters
- Culturing Bioscience on Prince Edward Island

5. Globalizing Bioscience and/as Biocapital
- Global Biocapital and/as Community
- Bioscience, Biocapital, and Business Clusters: Intellectual Property on PEI

Concluding: Lessons from an Open Concept Lab

Appendix 1: A Parable on Changing Assumptions, or, How to Approximate Agential Realism
Appendix 2: Fieldwork in the Academy, and the Ethics of Ethics

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Udo Krautwurst is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is a social theorist with a particular interest in the anthropology of representation, practice, and the historical confrontations between forms of knowledge production and technology.

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