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Global Perspectives on Stem Cell Technologies

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  • Offers a truly multi-disciplinary conversation on stem cell technologies
  • Capitalises on the growing engagement with stem cell research by social scientists
  • Exemplifes how global processes might be studied through the lens of new medical technologies

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This book takes as its point of departure a humble cell lying on the intersection of ideas as diverse and yet interlaced as life, knowledge, commerce, governance, and ethics. It seeks to deepen the understanding of stem cell entities and the concerns, hopes, and aspirations that shape and make them viable therapeutic entities in the context of rapid globalization. Several key intersections between individual, group, and institutional relationships have become central to locating and debating the production of stem cells today. 

This edited collection addresses three overarching concerns: regenerating the notion of ethics, the emerging therapeutic horizons, and the position of the patient. As a whole this book seeks to explain how stem cells are accommodated, contested, and used in contemporary India and around the globe through an informed unpacking of issues underpinning contestation and promotion bestriding these technological developments. 

The authors offer atruly multi-disciplinary perspective, stimulating conversation between the social sciences, biological sciences and the patient. The concerns expressed and highlighted by these conversations are embedded in a vast geo-political expanse stretching from India to Euro-America and will be of great interest to academics and practitioners across fields including science technology studies, medicine and international development.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)


“Stem cells circulate the globe today in settings where patient desperation confronts regulatory confusion and commercial expectation bumps up against ethical ambiguity. In Bharadwaj's fearless editorial hands, the intersection of these forces, centering on novel Indian therapies, comes alive through voices ranging from academic and reflective to passionate and deeply personal. The book may haunt, destabilize or challenge. It will not bore.” (Sheila Jasnoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

    Aditya Bharadwaj

About the editor

Aditya Bharadwaj is professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. In 2013 he was awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to examine the burgeoning rise of stem cell biotechnologies in India. He has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, and has authored several books.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Global Perspectives on Stem Cell Technologies

  • Editors: Aditya Bharadwaj

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-63786-0Published: 10 November 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87635-1Published: 22 June 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-63787-7Published: 30 October 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 243

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Medical Sociology, Sociology of the Body, Bioethics, Theory of Medicine/Bioethics

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