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Studying Trial Communities: Anthropological and Historical Inquiries into Ethos, Politics and Economy of Medical Research in Africa (Book chapter)

Book title: Evidence, ethos, and experiment : the anthropology and history of medical research in Africa

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ISBN: 9780857450920 9780857450937 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Berghahn Books Grant: Wellcome Trust - 074772
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Anthropology
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Medical research has been central to biomedicine in Africa for over a century, and Africa, along with other tropical areas, has been crucial to the development of medical science. At present, study populations in Africa participate in an increasing number of medical research projects and clinical trials, run by both public institutions and private companies. Global debates about the politics and ethics of this research are growing and local concerns are prompting calls for social studies of the “trial communities” produced by this scientific work. Drawing on rich, ethnographic and historiographic ­­­material, this volume represents the emergent field of anthropological inquiry that links Africanist ethnography to recent concerns with science, the state, and the culture of late capitalism in Africa.

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