Strange Harvest Organ Transplants, Denatured Bodies, and the Transformed Self

ISBN-10: 0520247868

ISBN-13: 9780520247864

Edition: 2006

Authors: Lesley A. Sharp

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Strange Harvest illuminates the wondrous yet disquieting medical realm of organ transplantation by drawing on the voices of those most deeply involved: transplant recipients, clinical specialists, and the surviving kin of deceased organ donors. In this rich and deeply engaging ethnographic study, anthropologist Lesley Sharp explores how these parties think about death, loss, and mourning, especially in light of medical taboos surrounding donor anonymity. As Sharp argues, new forms of embodied intimacy arise in response, and the riveting insights gleaned from her interviews, observations, and descriptions of donor memorials and other transplant events expose how patients and donor families make sense of the transfer of body parts from the dead to the living. For instance, all must grapple with complex yet contradictory clinical assertions of death as easily detectable and absolute; nevertheless, transplants are regularly celebrated as forms of rebirth, and donors as living on in others' bodies. New forms of sociality arise, too: recipients and donors' relatives may defy sanctions against communication, and through personal encounters strangers are transformed into kin. Sharp also considers current experimental research efforts to develop alternative sources for human parts, with prototypes ranging from genetically altered animals to sophisticated mechanical devices. These future trajectories generate intriguing responses among both scientists and transplant recipients as they consider how such alternatives might reshape established--yet unusual--forms of embodied intimacy.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 322
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Strange Harvest
The Ideological Underpinnings of Organ Transfer
Studying Transplantation in American Contexts
We are the Dead Men: Mind Over Matter
A Most Peculiar Death
Reconstructing Donor Histories
Body Economies
Memory Work: Public and Private Representations of Suffering, Loss, and Redemption
Recipient Suffering and Renewal
Honoring the Dead in Safe, Public Places
The Private Lives of Donor Kin
Public Encounters as Subversive Acts
Bureaucratic Constraints on Social Desire
The Ties That Bind
Claiming the Donor Body
Human Hybridity: Scientific Longing and the Dangers of Difference
Dangerous Miracles
Professional Desires to Cultivate Nature
Denatured Bodies and Transformed Selves
Nature's Body
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary
References
Index
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