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Anthropology and the New Genetics
     

Anthropology and the New Genetics

by Gisli Palsson
 

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ISBN-10: 0521855721

ISBN-13: 9780521855723

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 had far-reaching social and cultural implications, radically changing our self-understanding and perception of what it means to be human; that we have become 'biomedicalized', fragmented and

Overview

The growth of 'new genetics' has dramatically increased our understanding of health, diseases and the body. Anthropologists argue that these scientific advances have had far-reaching social and cultural implications, radically changing our self-understanding and perception of what it means to be human; that we have become 'biomedicalized', fragmented and commodified - redefining our notions of citizenship, social relations, family and identity. This book 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 genetic research, it provides an ethnographic 'reality-check', arguing that we must look beyond the 'gene-centrism' of genetic codes, family trees and insular populations, to explore their wider cultural, ethical and philosophical implications. Including coverage of the controversial and widely discussed Icelandic Health Sector Database, this accessible survey will be welcomed by graduate students and researchers in social anthropology, human genetics and biotechnology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521855723
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Series:
New Departures in Anthropology Series , #4
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: 'as deep as life itself'; 2. Birthmarks become landmarks: 'little worlds in themselves'; 3. Genealogies, relationships and histories; 4. Biobanking: medical records and genetic databases; 5. For whom the cell tolls: bioethics; 6. Biovalue: appropriating genomes; 7. Human variation; 8. Conclusions.

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