S. van der Geest
- Researching the life stages of medicines: Introduction
- Medische Antropologie
- Volume | Issue number
- 23 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
- This introduction presents the concept of ‘biography’ or ‘life stages’ of medicines as an ordering principle and analytical
tool for the study of medicines as social, commercial and symbolic objects. The first stages, production and marketing, which
have been largely neglected by social scientists, receive special attention. Finally, the five contributions to this special
half-issue are summarized and placed in the life stages conceptual framework.
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