A Portrait of Assisted Reproduction in Mexico: Scientific, Political, and Cultural Interactions

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Sandra P. González-Santos
Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 2019

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This book paints a comprehensive portrait of Mexico’s system of assisted reproduction first from a historical perspective, then from a more contemporary viewpoint. Based on a detailed analysis of books and articles published between the 1950s and 1980s, the first section tells the story of how the epistemic, normative, and material infrastructure of the assisted reproduction system was built. It traces the professionalization process of assisted reproduction as a medical field and the establishment of its professional association. Drawing on ethnographic material, the second part looks at how this system developed and flourished from the 1980s up to 2010, its commercialization process, how the expansion of reproductive services took place, and the messages regarding reproductive technologies that circulated within a wide discursive landscape. Given its scope and methods, this book will appeal to scholars interested in science and technology studies, reproduction studies, history of medicine, medical anthropology, and sociology.

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Cambio climático, ciudad y gestión ambiental. Los ámbitos nacional e internacional

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Edited by José Luis Lezama
El Colegio de Mexico, 2018

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Este libro aspira a ser un ejercicio de pluralidad, enespecial en lo que corresponde a la cuestión ambiental, expresada no sólo enlos diversos objetos teóricos y empíricos sobre los cuales se reflexiona, sinotambién en los enfoques, supuestos y teorías con los que se intenta pensar unaproblemática ambiental que no sólo es diversa y amplia sino, sobre todo,compleja. El ejercicio analítico de esta obra consiste en pensar losproblemas ambientales tanto en sus dimensiones nacionales e internacionalescomo en lo que tiene que ver con los factores de fondo que provocan sudespliegue en los ámbitos territorial, económico, social, político y de lagestión, tratando de destacar las diversas interconexiones implícitas en sucomplejidad. Continue reading

Unbuilding Cities: Obduracy in Urban Sociotechnical Change

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Anique Hommels
MIT Press, 2005

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City planning initiatives and redesign of urban structures often become mired in debate and delay. Despite the fact that cities are considered to be dynamic and flexible spaces—never finished but always under construction—it is very difficult to change existing urban structures; they become fixed, obdurate, securely anchored in their own histories as well as in the histories of their surroundings. In Unbuilding Cities, Anique Hommels looks at the tension between the malleability of urban space and its obduracy, focusing on sites and structures that have been subjected to “unbuilding”—redesign or reconfiguration. She brings the concepts of science and technology studies (STS) to bear on the study of cities. Continue reading

Convergencia de conocimiento para beneficio de la sociedad

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Edited by Alberto Morales, Rebeca de Gortari and Federico Stezano
CONACYT – Red Convergencia, 2015

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El libro presenta un conjunto de contribuciones que buscan cuestionar y ampliar el conocimiento sobre los procesos de convergencia de conocimiento en beneficio de la sociedad. La conceptualización y análisis de esta temática involucra aspectos de políticas públicas, de alcances cognitivos y disciplinarios, de nuevos desarrollos científicos y tecnológicos, así como de implicaciones sociales de estos procesos y nuevos desafíos productivos.

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Domesticating Organ: Transplant Familial Sacrifice and National Aspiration in Mexico

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Megan Crowley-Matoka
Duke University Press, 2016

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Organ transplant in Mexico is overwhelmingly a family matter, utterly dependent on kidneys from living relatives—not from stranger donors typical elsewhere. Yet Mexican transplant is also a public affair that is proudly performed primarily in state-run hospitals. In Domesticating Organ Transplant, Megan Crowley-Matoka examines the intimate dynamics and complex politics of kidney transplant, drawing on extensive fieldwork with patients, families, medical professionals, and government and religious leaders in Guadalajara. Continue reading