Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science beyond the Two-Culture Divide / Edition 1

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Overview

The so-called science wars pit science against culture, and nowhere is the struggle more contentious--or more fraught with paradox--than in the burgeoning realm of genetics. A constructive response, and a welcome intervention, this volume brings together biological and cultural anthropologists to conduct an interdisciplinary dialogue that provokes and instructs even as it bridges the science/culture divide.

Individual essays address issues raised by the science, politics, and history of race, evolution, and identity; genetically modified organisms and genetic diseases; gene-work and ethics; and the human/animal boundary line. The result is an entree to the complicated nexus of questions prompted by the power and importance of genetics and genetic thinking, and the dynamic connections linking culture, biology, nature, and technoscience at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520237933
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan H. Goodman is Professor of Biological Anthropology at Hampshire College. Deborah Heath is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College. M. Susan Lindee is Professor of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Anthropology in an Age of Genetics: Practice, Discourse, and Critique 1
1 Indigenous Peoples, Changing Social and Political Landscapes, and Human Genetics in Amazonia 23
2 Provenance and the Pedigree: Victor McKusick's Fieldwork with the Old Order Amish 41
3 Flexible Eugenics: Technologies of the Self in the Age of Genetics 58
4 The Commodification of Virtual Reality: The Icelandic Health Sector Database 77
5 Kinship, Genes, and Cloning: Life after Dolly 95
6 For the Love of a Good Dog: Webs of Action in the World of Dog Genetics 111
7 98% Chimpanzee and 35% Daffodil: The Human Genome in Evolutionary and Cultural Context 132
8 From Pure Genes to GMOs: Transnationalized Gene Landscapes in the Biodiversity and Transgenic Food Networks 155
9 Future Imaginaries: Genome Scientists as Sociocultural Entrepreneurs 176
10 Reflections and Prospects for Anthropological Genetics in South Africa 200
11 The Genetics of African Americans: Implications for Disease Gene Mapping and Identity 219
12 Human Races in the Context of Recent Human Evolution: A Molecular Genetic Perspective 234
13 Buried Alive: The Concept of Race in Science 258
14 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Promise and Problems of Ancient DNA for Anthropology 278
List of Contributors 297
Index 299
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