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Titolo:
The nature of Prozac
Autore:
Fraser, M;
Indirizzi:
Univ London Goldsmiths Coll, Dept Sociol, London SE14 6NW, England Univ London Goldsmiths Coll London England SE14 6NW on SE14 6NW, England
Titolo Testata:
HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES
fascicolo: 3, volume: 14, anno: 2001,
pagine: 56 - 84
SICI:
0952-6951(200108)14:3<56:TNOP>2.0.ZU;2-0
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Keywords:
artificial; biology; natural; normal; Prozac;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Arts & Humanities
Citazioni:
65
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Fraser, M Univ London Goldsmiths Coll, Dept Sociol, New Cross, London SE146NW, England Univ London Goldsmiths Coll New Cross London England SE14 6NW d
Citazione:
M. Fraser, "The nature of Prozac", HIST HUM SC, 14(3), 2001, pp. 56-84

Abstract

This article addresses the relations between 'nature' and 'culture' (and those characteristics associated with 'the natural' and 'the cultural') in the context of the debates about Prozac. Following Marilyn Strathern, I focus specifically on the contested issue of enablement - that is, on what Prozac does or does not enable, and on the relation between enablement and enhancement, normality and pathology. I argue that the implications of the model of the brain that accompanies explanations of Prozac are such that commentators are obliged to address not only the nature of normality but also thenature of nature itself. Through a close analysis of these debates, I suggest that critiques of Prozac should be understood not as objections to reductionism - to a biology that closes things down - but rather to one that opens things up: that opens up the relations between nature, culture, biologyand the individual, relations that are now cross-cut and thrown about by artificiality. Objections to Prozac, then, might be characterized as an attempt to put these concepts back into their 'proper' positions, to re-establish the relationality between them. In conclusion, I argue that the biology put forward by proponents of psychopharmacology, regardless of the desirability of the latter, challenges not only the frequent assumptions that are made about the claims of materialist science, but also some of the terms andconcepts that are commonly deployed in the social sciences.

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