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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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Three Cultures of MRI

Three Cultures of MRI

Local Practices and Global Designs

(p.99) 5 Three Cultures of MRI
Imperial Technoscience

Amit Prasad

The MIT Press

Chapter 5 – the last chapter – explores a particular technocultural dominant in each of the three nations studied, arguing that, to better understand the contextual characteristics of a culture, we have to deconstruct its Eurocentric entrapments. This chapter shows that the hierarchical and Euro/West-centric influence of scientific culture lies in a powerful paradox, whereby the “origin” of modern science is located in Europe, even while the role of location in scientific culture is erased. This chapter analyzes scientific culture as a product not of located and static national cultures, but, rather, of located and shifting entangled transnational histories. It shows how the cultures of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India were entangled within hierarchical networks of transnational, national, local, and laboratory policies and practices.

Keywords:   scientific culture, inventive spirit, big science as a cultural form, lag, lack

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