Rayna Rapp

Remaking Life & DeathSAR Press PublicationRemaking Life & Death: Toward an Anthropology of the BiosciencesThe boundaries of life now occupy a place of central concern among biological anthropologists. Because of the centrality of the modern biological definition of life to Euro-American medicine and anthropology, the definition of life itself and its contestation exemplify competing uses of knowledge.
Testing Women, Testing the Fetus by Rayna RappJ. I. Staley PrizeTesting Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in AmericaIn 1983, cultural anthropologist Rayna Rapp set out to map the terrain of the emerging technology of amniocentesis, a prenatal diagnostic test used to screen fetuses for chromosomal anomalies and other problems.
2000, April 30–May 4
Advanced SeminarAnimation and Cessation: Anthropological Perspectives on Changing Definitions of Life and Death in the Context of BiomedicineThis seminar approached the question of life and death as a theoretical and methodological problem, questioning the borders between medical anthropology and other fields of knowledge, such as science studies, cultural studies, and critical theory.....
Cyborgs & CitadelsSAR Press PublicationCyborgs & Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences and TechnologiesSome of the country’s most influential thinkers use anthropological methods and theories to examine the practices and practitioners of contemporary science, technology, and medicine in the United States. The authors explore such questions as how science gains authority to direct truth practices, the boundaries between humans and machines, and how science, technology, and medicine contribute to the fashioning of selves.

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