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Imperial TechnoscienceTransnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India$
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Amit Prasad

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026956

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026956.001.0001

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Recovering “Peripheral” History

Recovering “Peripheral” History

Genealogy of MRI Research in India

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(p.79) 4 Recovering “Peripheral” History
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Amit Prasad

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026956.003.0005

The hierarchical and exclusionary characteristics of science impact not only different facets of technoscientific research, development, and deployment, but also their historiography. Because, for example, India has been considered a part of the “periphery,” almost nothing about MRI or NMR (from which MRI emerged) research in India is documented. An added consequence is that little is known about the genealogical links of recent transnational transformations that are making India an important site for technoscientific innovations. This chapter documents and analyzes NMR research in India from its beginnings in the late 1940s and maps its links to MRI research and development. It argues that empirical investigations of particular technoscientific trails in India (as elsewhere) not only lead to a very different understanding of the “center-periphery” relationship and the West versus non-West technocultural divide, but also allow a better understanding of present day technoscientific transformations.

Keywords:   NMR history, MRI, India, disconnected trails, Eurocentrism, big science

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