Adele Clarke

Professor Emerita of Sociology & Adjunct Professor Emerita of History of Health Sciences, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
University of California, San Francisco

CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

Adele E. Clarke's research centers on social, cultural and historical studies of science, technology and medicine with emphases on biomedicalization and common medical technologies such as contraception and the Pap smear. She is the author of Disciplining Reproduction: American Life Scientists and the 'Problem of Sex' (University of California Press, 1998). She also co-edited a volume focused on scientific practice titled The Right Tools for the Job: At Work in Twentieth Century Life Sciences (Princeton University Press, 1992, in French by Synthelabo Press, 1996). In women's health, Dr. Clarke co-edited Women's Health: Complexities and Diversities (Ohio State University Press, 1997) and Revisioning Women, Health and Healing: Cultural, Feminist and Technoscience Perspectives (Routledge, 1999). She developed a method for qualitative research that is especially effective for STS projects, including research design stages: Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the Postmodern Turn (Sage, 2005; 2nd ed. 2014). A co-edited volume, Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health and Illness in the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2010), includes her paper on healthscapes and their visual cultures. Professor Clarke was recently awarded the 2012 J. D. Bernal Prize for Outstanding Contributions from the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her current projects take up new directions in feminist technoscience studies and research methods.

last updated: September 9th, 2016

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