Developments in health, science and technology have long provided fertile analytical ground for social science disciplines. This book focuses on the critical and enduring importance of core concepts in anthropology and sociology for interrogating and keeping pace with developments in the life sciences. The authors consider how transformations in medical and scientific knowledge serve to reanimate older controversies, giving new life to debates about relations between society, culture, knowledge and individuals. They reflect on the particular legacies and ongoing relevance of concepts such as ‘culture’, ‘society’, ‘magic’, ‘production’, ‘kinship’, ‘exchange’ and ‘the body’. The chapters draw on the work of key historical and contemporary figures across the social sciences and include a range of illustrative case studies to explore topics such as transplant medicine, genetic counselling, cancer therapy, reproductive health and addiction. Of particular interest to students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, and science and technology studies, this volume will also be a valuable resource for those working in the fields of health and medicine.

chapter |11 pages


chapter 1|18 pages


ByCiara Kierans

chapter 2|20 pages


ByCarol Kingdon

chapter 3|18 pages


ByKirsten Bell

chapter 4|19 pages


ByCarol Kingdon

chapter 5|18 pages


ByKirsten Bell

chapter 6|18 pages


ByCiara Kierans

chapter 7|21 pages

The body

ByCiara Kierans, Kirsten Bell

chapter |4 pages