Journal article

Between hope and evidence: How community advisors demarcate the boundary between legitimate and illegitimate stem cell treatments

Alan Petersen, Claire Tanner, Megan Munsie

HEALTH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Stem cell science provides an exemplary study of the 'management of hope'. On the one hand, raising 'hopes' and expectations is a seen as a necessary aspect of securing investment in promising innovative research. On the other, such hyperbole risks raising hopes to a level that may lead people to undertake undue risks, which may ultimately undermine confidence in medical research. In this context, the 'management of hope' thus involves the negotiation of competing claims of truth about the value and safety of particular treatments and about the trustworthiness of providers. Using Gieryn's concept of boundary-work, this article examines the means by which this work of 'managing hope' is under..

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