Embodied interventions-interventions on bodies: Experiments in practices of science and technology studies and hemophilia care

Teun Zuiderent-Jerak*

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    Abstract

    Science and technology studies (STS) analyses of emerging forms of treatment often result in the detailed display of complexities and at times lead to explicit critiques of particular healthcare practices. Simultaneously, there seems to be an increasing interest in exploring more experimental engagements by STS researchers in the proactive construction of such practices. In this article, I explore the relevance of experimental interventions in health care practices for both these care practices and for issues of the normativity of STS research. By analyzing my involvement in changes in the practice of hemophilia home treatment, I indicate how this care practice was reconfigured, partly by drawing on STS insights on the issue of compliance. I also claim that experimenting with forms of "artful contamination" allow STS researchers to do normativity in the practices they engage with. Such practices of interventionist STS research may be of value for refiguring debates in which constructivism has been accused of being normatively deficient. This may make interventionist STS research a fruitfully risky business.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)677-710
    Number of pages34
    JournalScience Technology and Human Values
    Volume35
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2010

    Keywords

    • compliance
    • hemophilia care
    • intervention
    • normativity

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