Anthropology and the New Genetics

Anthropology and the New Genetics

by Gisli Palsson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521671744

ISBN-13: 9780521671743

Pub. Date: 07/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The growth of "new genetics" has dramatically increased our understanding of health, diseases, and the body. Anthropologists argue that these scientific advances have also had far-reaching social and cultural implications, radically changing our self-understanding and our perception of what it means to be human; that we have become "biomedicalized," fragmented and

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The growth of "new genetics" has dramatically increased our understanding of health, diseases, and the body. Anthropologists argue that these scientific advances have also had far-reaching social and cultural implications, radically changing our self-understanding and our perception of what it means to be human; that we have become "biomedicalized," fragmented and commodified-thus redefining our notions of citizenship, social relations, family, and identity. Anthropology and the New Genetics shows how anthropology can contribute to and challenge the ways we have come to understand genetic issues. Exploring a range of issues and case studies in human genetic research, it provides an ethnographic "reality-check," arguing that we must look beyond the "genecentrism" of genetic codes, family trees, and insular populations, to explore their wider cultural, ethical, and philosophical implications. Merging natural and social issues with the real world of medical science, this book will be welcomed by anyone interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, health, and medicine.

About the Author:
Gisli Palsson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521671743
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Series:
New Departures in Anthropology Series, #4
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures and table     x
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: "As deep as life itself"     1
Birthmarks become landmarks: "Little worlds in themselves"     32
Genealogies, relationships, and histories     59
Biobanking: medical records and genetic databases     91
For whom the cell tolls: bioethics     123
Biovalue: appropriating genomes     150
Human variation     176
Conclusion     207
References     231
Index     255

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