Human Cloning in the Media: From Science Fiction to Science Practice

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This book examines the cultural production of cloning, its transformation from science fiction to science practice, and how this plays out in the global arena. The authors analyse the controversies surrounding both 'therapeutic' cloning for stem cell research and 'reproductive' cloning. Case studies are used to illustrate key issues, including: the 'story-telling' involved in scientific accounts of the future; the image of the scientist, scientific expertise and institutions; the governance of science; the ...
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Overview

This book examines the cultural production of cloning, its transformation from science fiction to science practice, and how this plays out in the global arena. The authors analyse the controversies surrounding both 'therapeutic' cloning for stem cell research and 'reproductive' cloning. Case studies are used to illustrate key issues, including: the 'story-telling' involved in scientific accounts of the future; the image of the scientist, scientific expertise and institutions; the governance of science; the representation of women's bodies as the subjects and objects of biotechnology; the ways in which 'the public' is perceived and represented in the human cloning debate.

Drawing together insights from science and technology studies and media and cultural studies, this book offers a timely contribution to debates about the public communication of science and the status of scientific truth. This book will be a valuable companion to students and researchers of media, science communication, cultural studies, sociology and science and technology.

About the Author:
Joan Haran is a Research Associate in the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), at Cardiff University

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Jenny Kitzinger is Professor of Media and Communication Research at Cardiff University

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Maureen McNeil is Professor of Women's Studies and Cultural Studies at Lancaster University

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Kate O'Riordan is Lecturer in Media and Film Studies at the University of Sussex

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"This text serves those well versed in technoscience and science technology studies who are interested in the role of the media as well as those well versed in visual and cultural studies interested in the compelling case of genetic science in contemporary culture. The text is based on a wide range of well-documented fieldwork and is a good start to the analysis in this cross-disciplinary area of media and technoscience."

Annette Burfoot, Queens University, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2008

If there is any general conclusion one can reach about contemporary genomics,it is that it is composed of many splinters of interest, commitment and belief. It brings together disparate expectations and dreams, in a sometimes fantastic way, in sources ranging from the seemingly sedate transcriptions of committee meeting minutes, to stealth Internet sites, to peer-reviewed papers in Science. Haran, Kitzinger, McNeil and O’Riordan have captured this crazy quilt aesthetic in a book that is now required reading for anyone interested in understanding the public worlds of human cloning. Science as Culture, Susan Lindee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415422369
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Series: Genetics and Society Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Haran is a Research Associate in the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), at Cardiff University.

Jenny Kitzinger is Professor of Media and Communication Research at Cardiff University.

Maureen McNeil is Professor of Women's Studies and Cultural Studies at Lancaster University.

Kate O’Riordan is Lecturer in Media and Film Studies at the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents


List of figures     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
What is cloning?     13
Cloning futures     44
Mavericks, madmen and fallen heroes     67
Women's bodies in cloning discourse     93
Truth claims and genres     121
The constitution of publics and audiences     146
Conclusion     176
Cloning timeline     186
Television and film media texts referenced in the project     191
Notes     214
References     225
Index     237
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