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Palgrave Macmillan

The Global Dynamics of Regenerative Medicine

A Social Science Critique

ISBN 9781137026552
Publication Date March 2013
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Health, Technology and Society

Contemporary developments in the biosciences associated with new biological possibilities have generated considerable interest among the social sciences, primarily because they challenge our understanding of the relationship between the body, nature, and identity. Regenerative medicine is such a field, and has attracted major commercial, clinical, political and popular interest. It has, however, been subject to very limited social science analysis. This book explores the hype and promise associated with the field, the uneven and often failed commercial exploitation we have seen, and the political, legal and bioethical challenges that developments in the regenerative medicine field produce. It does this at a global level, including analysis of what we are seeing in the US, Europe, China and Australia. The book establishes the meaning, boundaries and likely future development we will see, and asks whether regenerative medicine heralds a new paradigm for medicine itself.

Andrew Webster is Professor of Sociology of Science and Technology and Director of SATSU at the University of York, UK. He is also Dean of Social Sciences at York and has published extensively in the sociology of the biosciences. He was Programme Director for the ESRC's Stem Cell Initiative.

1. Introduction: The Boundaries and Mobilities of Regenerative Medicine; Andrew Webster
2. Regenerative Medicine at a Global Level: Current Patterns and Future Trends; Graham Lewis
3. Biocapital and Innovation Paths: The Exploitation of Regenerative Medicine; Michael Morrison, Stuart Hogarth, & Beth Kewell
4. Unruly Objects: Novel Innovation Paths and their Regulatory Challenge; Christian Haddad, Herbert Gottweis & Haidan Chen
5. Procuring Tissue: Regenerative Medicine, Oöcyte Mobilisation and Feminist Politics; Susanne Schultz and Kathrin Braun
6. Cloning and the Oviedo Convention: The Socio-cultural Construction of Regulation; Itziar Alkorta, Inigo Miguel Beriain, & David Rodriguez-Arias
7. The Multiplicity of Norms: the Bioethics and Law of Stem Cell Patents; Judit Sándor and Marton Varju
8. Governing Innovation Paths in Regenerative Medicine: the European and Global Struggle for Political Advantage; Brian Salter
9. Conclusion: Regenerative Medicine – a New Paradigm?; Andrew Webster

Itziar Alkorta, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Inigo Miguel Beriain, University of Deusto and University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Kathrin Braun, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany
Haidan Chen, National University of Singapore
Herbert Gottweis, University of Vienna, Austria
Christian Haddad, University of Vienna, Austria
Stuart Hogarth, King's College London, UK
Beth Kewell, University of Stavanger, Norway
Graham Lewis, University of York, UK
Michael Morrison, University of Exeter, UK
David Rodríguez-Arias, Spanish National Research Council (CCHS-CSIC), Spain
Brian Salter, King's College London, UK
Sándor, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Susanne Schultz, Goethe University, Germany
Marton Varju, University of Hull, UK


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