The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon / Edition 1

The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon / Edition 1

by Dorothy Nelkin, M. Susan Lindee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472030043

ISBN-13: 9780472030040

Pub. Date: 07/19/2004

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

"The DNA Mystique is a wake-up call to all who would dismiss America's love affair with 'the gene' as a merely eccentric obsession."
In These Times

"Nelkin and Lindee are to be warmly congratulated for opening up this intriguing field [of genetics in popular culture] to further study."
Nature

The DNA Mystique

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Overview

"The DNA Mystique is a wake-up call to all who would dismiss America's love affair with 'the gene' as a merely eccentric obsession."
In These Times

"Nelkin and Lindee are to be warmly congratulated for opening up this intriguing field [of genetics in popular culture] to further study."
Nature

The DNA Mystique suggests that the gene in popular culture draws on scientific ideas but is not constrained by the technical definition of the gene as a section of DNA that codes for a protein. In highlighting DNA as it appears in soap operas, comic books, advertising, and other expressions of mass culture, the authors propose that these domains provide critical insights into science itself.

With a new introduction and conclusion, this edition will continue to be an engaging, accessible, and provocative text for the sociology, anthropology, and bioethics classroom, as well as stimulating reading for those generally interested in science and culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472030040
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
07/19/2004
Series:
Conversations in Medicine and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

1The powers of the gene1
2The eugenic gene19
3Sacred DNA38
4The molecular family58
5Elvis's DNA79
6Creating natural distinctions102
7Absolution : locating responsibility and blame127
8Genetic essentialism applied149
9Genetic futurism169
10The supergene192

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