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Title:Seeking exposure: conversions of scientific knowledge in an African city
Authors:Aellah, Gemma
Geissler, P. WenzelISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 1469-7777)
Volume:54
Issue:3
Pages:389-417
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:medical research
applied sciences
urban life
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X16000240
Abstract:Transnational medical research has become a common feature in many parts of Africa. This paper explores the contribution such activity makes to the social and economic lives of those involved, including both trial subjects and local staff. By considering the value of the 'exposure' that involvement brings to staff and research participants, we reflect on the conversion of scientific knowledge into practical knowledge and its value to sustaining precarious livelihoods in an economically fragile city. We consider the interplay between science and sociality and argue for a need to take seriously the circulation of scientific knowledge beyond the confines of expert spaces. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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