Research report 2007 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Biomedicine in Africa
Max Planck Fellow Gruppe "Law, Organisation, Science and Technology" (Prof. Dr. Richard Rottenburg)
MPI für ethnologische Forschung, Halle/Saale
SummaryResearchers at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology examine how biomedicine is shaped through its engagements in Africa. Biomedicine is regarded as a circulating set of technologies, practices, and ideas that – as a by-product of prevention and healing – links individual bodies to the political order. Africa is central for understanding global shifts in the making of social, political, and juridical forms of governance because the continent is marginalised in the global political economy and thus represents a site of intense conflict and experimentation.