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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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The Medical Imaginary and the Biotechnical Embrace

The Medical Imaginary and the Biotechnical Embrace

Subjective Experiences of Clinical Scientists and Patients

(p.362) 12 The Medical Imaginary and the Biotechnical Embrace

Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good

University of California Press

This chapter takes a look at the author's cross-cultural examination of oncology research. It investigates knowledge and technology in relation to affect, and shows that economic investments run parallel to the emotional and cultural investments of clinicians and patients and their families which inform the use or refusal of experimental techniques and machines. The chapter also analyzes clinical narratives in order to reveal the effects, affects, and production of biomedical hope.

Keywords:   oncology research, knowledge, technology, affect, clinical narratives, biomedical hope, investments, experimental techniques

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