•  274
    Roadkill: Between Humans, Nonhuman Animals, and Technologies
    Society and Animals 12 (4): 277-298. 2004.
    This paper has two broad objectives. First, the paper aims to treat roadkill as a topic of serious social scientific inquiry by addressing it as a cultural artifact through which various identities are played out. Thus, the paper shows how the idea of roadkill-as-food mediates contradictions and ironies in American identities concerned with hunting, technology, and relationships to nature. At a second, more abstract, level, the paper deploys the example of roadkill to suggest a par ticular appro…Read more
  •  43
    This article is an attempt to operationalize A.N. Whitehead's ontological approach within sociology. Whitehead offers lessons and clues to a way of re-envisioning `sociological practice' so that it captures something of the nature of a `social' that is at once real and constructed, material and cultural, and processual and actual. In the course of the article, the terms `operationalize' and `sociology' will themselves be transformed, not least because the range of objects and relations of study …Read more
  •  34
    Towards the applied: the construction of ethical positions in stem cell translational research (review)
    with Alan Cribb, Steven Wainwright, Clare Williams, and Bobbie Farsides
    Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 11 (3): 351-361. 2007.
    This paper aims to make an empirically informed analytical contribution to the development of a more socially embedded bioethics. Drawing upon 10 interviews with cutting edge stem cell researchers (5 scientists and 5 clinicians) it explores and illustrates the ways in which the role positions of translational researchers are shaped by the ‘normative structures’ of science and medicine respectively and in combination. The empirical data is used to illuminate three overlapping themes of ethical re…Read more
  •  26
    HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions
    with Marsha Rosengarten
    Theory, Culture and Society 29 (4-5): 93-115. 2012.
    In this article we explore how two enactments of HIV – the UN’s AIDS Clock and clinical trials for an HIV biomedical prevention technology or pre-exposure prophylaxis – entail particular globalizing and localizing dynamics. Drawing on Latour’s and Whitehead’s concept of proposition, and Serres’ call for a philosophy of prepositions, we use the composite notion of pre/pro-positions to trace the shifting topological status of HIV. For example, we show how PrEP emerges through topological entwineme…Read more
  •  22
    Medicine: Experimentation, Politics, Emergent Bodies
    with Marsha Rosengarten
    Body and Society 18 (3-4): 1-17. 2012.
    In this introduction, we address some of the complexities associated with the emergence of medicine’s bodies, not least as a means to ‘working with the body’ rather than simply producing a critique of medicine. We provide a brief review of some of the recent discussions on how to conceive of medicine and its bodies, noting the increasing attention now given to medicine as a technology or series of technologies active in constituting a multiplicity of entities – bodies, diseases, experimental obj…Read more
  •  18
    Seeing and Believing
    Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 33 37-43. 2008.
  •  18
    “What Are We Busy Doing?”: Engaging the Idiot
    Science, Technology, and Human Values 37 (5): 528-554. 2012.
    Engagement events—whether interviews, installations, or participatory encounters—can entail a range of happenings which, in one way or another, “overspill” the empirical, analytic, or political framing of those engagement events. This article looks at how we might attend to these overspills—for instance, forms of “misbehavior” on the part of lay participants—not only to provide accounts of them but also to explore ways of deploying them creatively. In particular, Stengers’ figure of the “idiot” …Read more
  •  17
    Expectation and Mobilisation: Enacting Future Users
    with Alex Wilkie
    Science, Technology, and Human Values 34 (4): 502-522. 2009.
    This article considers how the figure of the ``user'' is deployed to imagine the assembling of location-based mobile phone technologies in the context of UK policy. Drawing on the sociology of expectations, we address the performativity of the ``user'' in the think tank Demos' publication Mobilisation. In the process, we analyze how discourses about users enact particular futures that feature arrangements of, for example, persons, mobile phone technologies, and political institutions. We present…Read more
  •  16
    Comprehension, Apprehension, Prehension: Heterogeneity and the Public Understanding of Science
    Science, Technology, and Human Values 27 (3): 357-378. 2002.
    This article examines the main approaches to public understanding of science in light of recent developments in social and cultural theory. While traditional and critical perspectives on PUS differ in terms of their models of the public, science, and understanding, they nevertheless share a number of commonalities, which are humanism, incorporeality, and discrete sites. These are contrasted, respectively, to versions of the person as hybridic, to treatments of embodiment drawing especially on Wh…Read more
  •  14
    On “Aesthetic Publics”: The Case of VANTAblack®
    Science, Technology, and Human Values 43 (6): 1098-1121. 2018.
    This exploratory paper investigates the enactment of a number of “publics” in relation to a recent, ostensibly “technical”, innovation, namely, the nanotechnology Vertically Aligned Nanotube Array-black. In particular, we show how various representations of VANTAblack—as technical artifact, as an exclusive artist’s material, as an exciting coating for a mass-produced commercial product, and as an object of science communication—implicate different “aesthetic experiences”. We discuss these aesthe…Read more
  •  12
    Index to Volume 18, 2012
    with Marsha Rosengarten
    Body and Society 18 (3-4): 201-202. 2012.
  •  10
    Thanks to Reviewers
    with Marsha Rosengarten
    Body and Society 18 (3-4): 198-200. 2012.
  •  5
    Performing Risk & Ethics in Clinicians’ Accounts of Stem Cell Liver Therapies
    with Steven Wainwright and Clare Williams
    In Hauke Riesch, Nathan Emmerich & Steven Wainwright (eds.), Philosophies and Sociologies of Bioethics: Crossing the Divides, Springer. pp. 149-169. 2018.
    In this paper we set out to explore the enactments of risk by clinicians involved in the development of stem cell therapy for liver disease. In the process, we contribute to a performative re-thinking of how ‘risk’ can be analytically treated in relation to health. The bulk of the paper, drawing on interview data, is concerned with how clinicians’ accounts about the risks entailed in their research-oriented work performatively ‘make’ clinicians themselves, but also various other ‘constituencies’…Read more
  • Issue 4: Integrating gender into emergency responses
    with A. B. Zwi, H. Rutsch, W. J. Moss, M. Ramakrishan, A. Siegle, D. Storms, B. Weiss, K. Dasgupta, and B. Jackson
    Developing World Bioethics 2 (2): 109-130. 2002.