The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice - Science and Cultural Theory (Paperback)Annemarie Mol (author)
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The Body Multiple juxtaposes two distinct texts. Alongside Mol's analysis of her ethnographic material-interviews with doctors and patients and observations of medical examinations, consultations, and operations-runs a parallel text in which she reflects on the relevant literature. Mol draws on medical anthropology, sociology, feminist theory, philosophy, and science and technology studies to reframe such issues as the disease-illness distinction, subject-object relations, boundaries, difference, situatedness, and ontology. In dialogue with one another, Mol's two texts meditate on the multiplicity of reality-in-practice.
Presenting philosophical reflections on the body and medical practice through vivid storytelling, The Body Multiple will be important to those in medical anthropology, philosophy, and the social study of science, technology, and medicine.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 14 mm
"The Body Multiple is compelling, wonderfully and sometimes slyly well-written, and full of innovative insights into `actually existing medical practice.' Mol's parallel text is well-placed intellectually in relation to her primary research text on atherosclerosis, and it provides a powerful teaching tool on how to think through and with science studies literatures when conducting an empirical project."-Rayna Rapp, New York University