Law, Biomedical Technoscience and Imaginaries: An Introduction

Mark Flear, Richard Ashcroft

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This special issue advances understanding of the way in which imaginaries underpin law’s engagement with biomedical technologies and science (technoscience). Broadly speaking, imaginaries in this area can be understood as the shared societal views of the hopes, promises and expectations to be engendered through technoscientific development. However, no single definition of imaginaries underpins the discussions in the articles that comprise this special issue. Instead, the special issue provides space for the application and development of diverse understandings of imaginaries and their roles in law and regulation. In this respect, the special issue builds upon and contributes towards discussion of imaginaries in science and technology studies (STS) and related fields and disciplines. Scholars working in these have pointed to the salience of imaginaries to law (and vice versa). But there has not yet been a distinctly legal account or set of accounts on law and imaginaries. This special issue provides the first sustained attempt to develop such accounts.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Law and the Biosciences
Publication statusAccepted - 01 Mar 2021

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