Abstract

These papers return to the notion of invisibility introduced by Didier Fassin elsewhere in this volume and investigate the practices that create and then exploit invisible bodies-bodies that emerge as invisible by the very practices that mine the body for resources, services, or knowledge. We also see the emergence of legitimized markets that offer essential medicines and reproductive services that remain inaccessible to particular bodies-namely, those that continue to be marginalized or exploited by a biomedical research model that does not uphold distributive or procedural justice. This model operates such that some bodies serve as sites of experimentation or bodily goods, while those same bodies suffer from lack of access to drugs, technologies, and legal protections that could improve and protect their lives. These papers then bring into question social justice within the context of values, calling attention to the fact that societies will pursue economic capital at the expense of social capital.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-768X
Print ISSN
0037-783X
Pages
pp. 1133-1154
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-30
Open Access
No
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