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From Tragedy to Farce: On Medicine, the State and the Market.

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Journal publication date12/2007
JournalJournal of Historical Sociology
Journal number4
Volume20
Number of pages24
Pages622-645
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This speculative essay is prompted by the formal characteristics of contemporary debates over the progress of medicine, namely their oscillation between claims about ever greater possibilities and dire warnings about threats to fundamental human values, and by a troublesome, yet resonant, phase from Nikolas Rose's reflections on contemporary governmental mechanisms. It seeks to push the terms medicine, state and market to their conceptual limit, and raise question thereby about what might be the most appropriate comportment towards these debates.