Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States

Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States

by Sheila Jasanoff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691118116

ISBN-13: 9780691118116

Pub. Date: 05/09/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Biology and politics have converged today across much of the industrialized world. Debates about genetically modified organisms, cloning, stem cells, animal patenting, and new reproductive technologies crowd media headlines and policy agendas. Less noticed, but no less important, are the rifts that have appeared among leading Western nations about the right way to

Overview

Biology and politics have converged today across much of the industrialized world. Debates about genetically modified organisms, cloning, stem cells, animal patenting, and new reproductive technologies crowd media headlines and policy agendas. Less noticed, but no less important, are the rifts that have appeared among leading Western nations about the right way to govern innovation in genetics and biotechnology.

In this sweeping study of some twenty-five years of scientific and social development, Sheila Jasanoff compares the politics and policy of the life sciences in Britain, Germany, the United States, and in the European Union as a whole. She shows how public and private actors in each setting evaluate the products of biotechnology and try to reassure themselves about their safety and worth.

About the Author:
Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691118116
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/09/2005
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Abbreviations and Acronyms     xi
Prologue     1
Why Compare?     13
Controlling Narratives     42
A Question of Europe     68
Unsettled Settlements     94
Food for Thought     119
Natural Mothers and Other Kinds     146
Ethical Sense and Sensibility     171
Making Something of Life     203
The New Social Contract     225
Civic Epistemology     247
Republics of Science     272
Chronology     293
Notes     295
References     339
Index     361

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