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Brain cultureShaping policy through neuroscience$
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Jessica Pykett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314042

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314042.001.0001

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what is at stake in the brain world?

(p.171) Six Conclusion
Brain culture

Jessica Pykett

Policy Press

This chapter considers the prospects for an interdisciplinary bio-social science which promotes a rapprochement between the life sciences and the social sciences in recognition of the circularity of the brain world and the inescapabilty of biologically-influenced conceptions of personhood. The chapter describes the origins of bio-social approaches, their relation to science and technology studies (STS) and to the contemporary project of a ‘critical neuroscience’. This chapter considers how brain culture is founded on a particular set of historically and geographically specific conditions in which it has thrived, and summarises the findings from each of the main empirical chapters of the book. The chapter considers institutional hierarchies between science disciplines, social science and arts and humanities subjects. It concludes by proposing an alternative ‘psycho-spatial’ approach for shedding light on the governance of citizens within the brain world in practice.

Keywords:   bio-social science, brain world, critical neuroscience, psycho-spatial, science and technology studies

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