Wheelers Books

Refracting through Technologies: Bodies, Medical Technologies and Norms

Refracting through Technologies: Bodies, Medical Technologies and Norms
 

This book explores the `material-discursive entanglement' of how we both make the world with our words and how the materiality of the world forces us to put words on it. Beginning with the conundrum of how the things that make up our world are both shaped by and shape the ways in... read full description below.

Pre-order title (not yet released/available) and will ship once released.

Quick Reference

ISBN 9781138564190
Barcode 9781138564190
Release Date 19 November 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
Alternate Format(s) View All (1 other possible title(s) available)
Author(s) By Johnson, Ericka
Series Routledge Research in Gender and Society
Availability Available for pre-order, ships once released

... view full title details below.

Buy Now

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781138564190
ISBN-10 1138564192
Stock Release date is 19 November 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Release Date 19 November 2019
International Release Date 10 December 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Johnson, Ericka
Series Routledge Research in Gender and Society
Category Sociology, Social Studies
Social Theory
Gender Studies
Feminism
Social Institutions
Illness & Addiction: Social Aspects
Medicine: General Issues
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This book explores the `material-discursive entanglement' of how we both make the world with our words and how the materiality of the world forces us to put words on it. Beginning with the conundrum of how the things that make up our world are both shaped by and shape the ways in which we talk about, engage with and think about them, the author accepts the entanglement and then works backwards, using the metaphor of refraction to help articulate the structures, values and norms that discursively shape our world and our selves in it. Through a series of empirical examples taken from work on medical technologies and the body, Refracting through Technologies shows how researchers and designers can use material things - technologies - to refract discourses and articulate the concerns and voices producing them. Refraction as a metaphor is thus revealed to be an important concept, enabling scholars to apply analytical work to political concerns about the technological world. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, science and technology studies, philosophy and design with interests in technoscience, feminist thought and social theory.

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

There are no reviews for this title.

^ top

Author's Bio

Ericka Johnson is Professor of Gender and Society at Linkoeping University, Sweden. She is the author of Gendering Drugs: Feminist Studies of Pharmaceuticals and Dreaming of a Mail-Order Husband: Russian-American Internet Romance; the co-author of Glocal Pharma: International Brands and the Imagination of Local Masculinity; and the co-editor of Technology and Medical Practice: Blood, Guts and Machines.

^ top