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The Politics of Pain MedicineA Rhetorical-Ontological Inquiry$
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S. Scott Graham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226264059

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226264196.001.0001

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Neuroimaging Detours

Neuroimaging Detours

(p.117) Chapter Four Neuroimaging Detours
The Politics of Pain Medicine

S. Scott Graham

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 4 explores the history of neuroimaging technologies and their eventual contribution to the legitimization of marginalized pain disorders. As a part of this analysis, this chapter explores the role of calibration-by-detour, a mode of cross-ontological calibration where marginalized ontologies are able to gain credibility through enlisting the support of previously legitimized practices and emergent ontologies. Furthermore, this chapter contributes to the development of a fully hybrid rhetorical-ontological inquiry by exploring the process of trope-shifting as a mode of calibration-by-detour. Through combining Latour’s actor-network analysis of enrollment and detour with a rhetorical theory of trope, this chapter documents the historical process whereby new imaging technologies were able to gain rapid acceptance through calibration-by-detour through prior technologies.

Keywords:   actor-network theory, calibration, detour, enrollment, marginalized diseases, neuroimaging, rhetorical methodologies, tropic analysis, black box

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