The pluralization of the international: resistance and alter-standardization in regenerative stem cell medicine

Rosemann, Achim and Chaisinthop, Nattaka (2015) The pluralization of the international: resistance and alter-standardization in regenerative stem cell medicine. Social Studies of Science, 46 (1). pp. 112-139. ISSN 0306-3127

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Abstract

The article explores the formation of an international politics of resistance and ‘alter-standardization’ in regenerative stem cell medicine. The absence of internationally harmonized regulatory frameworks in the clinical stem cell field and the presence of lucrative business opportunities have resulted in the formation of transnational networks adopting alternative research standards and practices. These oppose, as a universal global standard, strict evidence-based medicine clinical research protocols as defined by scientists and regulatory agencies in highly developed countries. The emergence of transnational spaces of alter-standardization is closely linked to scientific advances in rapidly developing countries such as China and India, but calls for more flexible regulatory frameworks, and the legitimization of experimental for-profit applications outside of evidence-based medical care, are emerging increasingly also within more stringently regulated countries, such as the USA and countries in the European Union. We can observe, then, a trend toward the pluralization of the standards, practices, and concepts in the stem cell field.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, regenerative stem cell medicine, standardization, technology regulation
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology > RA0399 Regulation of medical practice. Evaluation and quality control of medical care. Medical audit
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology
Depositing User: Achim Rosemann
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2015 09:21
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 08:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58891
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