Just like the first theories in physics viewed atoms as independent and surrounded by a void, our bodies microscopic constituents are often portrayed as disconnected from the body as a unified organism, and from its cultural and social contexts. In this book the authors examine the relations between culture, society and bioscientific research and show how our bodies singularised particles indeed still are socially and culturally embedded. In todays medicine, the biosciences are entangled with state power, commercialism, and cultural ideas and expectations, as well as with the hopes and fears of individuals. Therefore, biomedicine and biotechnology also reshape our perceptions of selfhood and life. From multidisciplinary perspectives, including visual studies, theology, and ethnology, this volume discusses the biosciences and the atomised body in their social, cultural and philosophical contexts.
Max Liljefors is an associate professor of art history and visual studies at Lund University in Sweden. Susanne Lundin is a professor in ethnology at Lund University and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She is the editor of "Amalgamations" and "Gene Technology and Economy." Andrea Wiszmeg is a PhD in ethnology at Lund University. She examines societal and cultural implications of neurological and genetic research for patients and the public.