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Numéro spécial de Biosocieties sur l’ "Evidence-Based Activism"
Posté le 15 septembre 2014

Coordinated by Vololona Rabeharisoa (CSI), Madeleine Akrich (CSI), and Tiago Moreira (Durham University), this special issue provides empirical data and analysis on what the authors call "evidence-based activism". This notion has been proposed to capture patients’ and health activists’ groups’ focus on knowledge production and knowledge mobilisation in the governance of health issues. The groups engaged in evidence-based activism articulate a variety of credentialed knowledge and ‘experiential knowledge’ with a view to explore concerned people’s situations, to make themselves part and parcel of the networks of expertise on their conditions in their national contexts, and to elaborate evidence on the issues they deem important to address both at an individual and at a collective level. In contrast to health movements which contest institutions from the outside, they work ‘from within’ to imagine new epistemic and political appraisal of their causes and conditions. ‘Evidence-based activism’ entails a collective inquiry associating patients/activists and specialists/professionals in the conjoint fabrics of scientific statements and political claims. From a conceptual standpoint, ‘evidence-based activism’ sheds light on the ongoing co-production of matters of fact and matters of concern in contemporary technological democracies. It includes the following papers:

Evidence-based activism: Patients’, users’ and activists’ groups in knowledge society

Vololona Rabeharisoa, Tiago Moreira and Madeleine Akrich

Practising childbirth activism: A politics of evidence

Madeleine Akrich, Máire Leane, Celia Roberts and João Arriscado Nunes

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in France and Ireland: Parents’ groups’ scientific and political framing of an unsettled condition

Claire Edwards, Etaoine Howlett, Madeleine Akrich and Vololona Rabeharisoa

Assembling dementia care: Patient organisations and social research

Tiago Moreira, Orla O'Donovan and Etaoine Howlett

From ‘politics of numbers’ to ‘politics of singularisation’: Patients’ activism and engagement in research on rare diseases in France and Portugal

Vololona Rabeharisoa, Michel Callon, Angela Marques Filipe, João Arriscado Nunes, Florence Paterson and Frédéric Vergnaud

 

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