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Social Anthropology: Research


Blood Work

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.

Blood Work: Investigating Cultures of Biomedicine in Malaysia and Britain.

3 years, September 2007 - August 2010

How do people deal with different orders of knowledge when the same
object is the focus of scientific investigation and cultural or moral
discourses? Blood is an example of such an object - a marker of
cultural identity, and the object of scientific knowledge. This project will
investigate how professionals with clinical, scientific, and technical
expertise negotiate popular and biomedical understandings of blood in
their working practices. Based on comparative fieldwork in Malaysia and
Britain, where blood participates differently in discourses of kinship and
identity, the research will illuminate how different kinds of knowledge are
compartmentalised or inflect each other.

Contact details:

Professor Janet Carsten
Social Anthropology
School of Social & Political Studies
University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Students