Wild Science

Wild Science

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Wild Science investigates the world-wide boom in 'health culture'. While self-help health books and medical dramas are popular around the globe, we are bombarded with daily media images of DNA research, and news reports about cloning, the fight against AIDS, cancer and depression. With popular culture now the principal means through which the non-scientific population encounters science why do certain images of science get promoted above others? Contributors examine the public meanings of science, revealing the frictions and contradictions within popular representations of what medicine can and should do. Focusing on the visual culture of medicine, they show how representations of science have a direct impact on popular perceptions of the limits of science, and ultimately on health education, funding and research, and examine the belief that media literacy in popular representations of medicine makes an ethical public discourse on the aims of science possible. With sections addressing the new visual technologies which make the human body into a virtual territory, the diagnostic and medical practices centered around women's bodies, and popular debates around genetics and identity, Wild Science argues that science is a practice bound in values and institutions, and argues for a responsible engagement with the public cultures of science and health.Reading Feminism, Medicine and the Media Janine Marchessault, Kim Sawchuk ... T T TH I l- E IT IS true that scholars of all stripes who teach technoscience studies have V V come under considerable criticism ... lumped together as issuing an aquot;ecofeminist harangue from the Goddess-worshipping campaquot; (Gross and Levitt 1994: 10). ... students, the other side accuses feminists of a wide- sweeping ecological utopianism that promotes the transcendental value of a feminized aquot;nature.

Title:Wild Science
Author: Janine Marchessault, Kim Sawchuk
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-10-18

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