Title

Risking 'safety': breast cancer, prognosis, and the strategic enterprise of life

RIS ID

91376

Publication Details

Ehlers, N. (2015). Risking 'safety': breast cancer, prognosis, and the strategic enterprise of life. Journal of Medical Humanities, 37 (1), 81-94.

Abstract

Living in modern biopolitical risk culture might be seen as synonymous with living in prognosis time, in the sense that risk of illness is endlessly forecast (prognosticated) in the broad social arena. ‘Safety,’ in this context, is framed as the anticipatory guarding against risk or disease in order to ‘make live.’ Thinking of risk and safety in these ways is limited, however, in that the prognosis cannot account for the individual’s life or death drama. This paper asks: how are we to understand the constellation of risk, prognosis, and safety in relation to ‘the subject in breast cancer prognosis’?

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10912-014-9288-2