At the Margins of Humanity: Fetal Positions in Science and Medicine

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This article offers a comparative analysis of experimental fetal surgery and fetal tissue research. The author argues that fetuses are positioned differently across each set of practices, with significant implications for actors in these domains. By empirically charting the ways in which humanity is or is not attributed to fetal work objects, the author's argument challenges contemporary debates in science studies that tend to conceptualize human and nonhuman in dualistic terms. This analysis instead shows the heterogeneous attribution of these categories, as well as the spaces, margins, and positions, which constitute them as distinct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-323
Number of pages17
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1994
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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