Biotechnologijos prasmés (tvarkos) problemos: démesys etnografijai
In her article, Marit Melhuus turn on issues of methodology with regard to the study of biotechnology in contemporary society and its contribution to further debates about what it means to study biotechnology ethnographically
Problems of Order/Meanings of Biotechnology:
A Focus on Ethnography
Social scientists have been quick to grasp the relevance of biotechnology and its potential for yielding new knowledge about new (and old) issues.
There is no doubt that biotechnology and genetics have proved to be except-ionally fertile socio-cultural phenomenon to explore. . This article
turns on issues of methodology with regard to the study of biotechnology in contemporary society and its contribution to further debates about
what it means to study biotechnology ethnographically. It is a reflexive exercise, based on my research on assisted conception, kinship and
legislation in Norway as well as on my research on gender and morality in Mexico. Drawing on Sally Falk Moore’s notion of “current history”,
the article seeks to demonstrate the relevance of a processual perspective in order to grasp the specificities of the Norvegian case. A focus on the
relation between events and process is further linked to questions of interpretation and context and the analytical work of anthropologists.
Context, and the ad of contextualisatjon, is discussect as a double move-at once a conceptual and interpersonal relation - and as a problem of order:
not only for the anthropologist but also for people themselves.