Neuroscience, Identity and Society

Martyn Pickersgill, L. van Keulen

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It should, we hope, by now be clear that neuroscience not simply warrants but perhaps demands attention from sociologists. However, to-date, debate around the ‘new brain sciences’ has been limited within sociology; it has mostly been ethicists who have opened up discussions on the normative and epistemological issues neuroscience raises. Of course, this is not to say that sociologists and other social scientists have been blind to the developments in the brain sciences; a variety of significant and nuanced analyses have begun to be advanced. There can be no doubt that a rich vein of creative and insightful scholarship in what might be called the social studies of the neurosciences is already in existence, and will surely widen. Yet, we can also see that much work remains to be done. It is our intention that this book will play an important role in the elaboration of scholarship in the field. To this end, we have sought and included a range of perspectives from (medical) sociologists and anthropologists, which vividly illustrate the varied social life of the neurosciences, and brightly illuminates the diverse conceptualisations, approaches and standpoints available to sociological analysts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociological Reflections on the Neurosciences
EditorsM. Pickersgill, L. van Keulen
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Press
Pagesxiii-xxii
Volume13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84855-881-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-84855-880-9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2011

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