New Genetics, New Social Formations

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New genetic technologies cut across a range of public regulatory domains and private lifeworlds, often appearing to generate an institutional void in response to the complex challenges they pose. As a result, a number of new social formations are being developed to legitimate public engagement and avoid the perceived democratic deficit that may result. Papers in this volume discuss a variety of these manifestations in a global context, including:

  • genetic data banks
  • committees of inquiry
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • national research laboratories.

These institutions, across both health and agriculture, are explored in such diverse locations as Amazonia, China, Finland, Israel, the UK and the USA. This volume exhibits a clear thematic coherence around the impact of the new genetics and their associated technologies on new social formations, and the case studies included have a significant international focus, showing a balance between theoretical and empirical approaches in this rapidly changing field.

This innovative new volume will be of interest to postgraduates and professionals in the fields of sociology, social anthropology, science and technology studies, and environmental studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415393232
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Genetics and Society Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations     vii
Contributors     viii
Acknowledgements     xiii
Introduction: new genetics, new social formations   Peter Glasner   Paul Atkinson     1
British public attitudes to agricultural biotechnology and the 2003 GM Nation? public debate: distrust, ambivalence and risk   Nick Pidgeon   Wouter Poortinga     10
The UK stem cell bank: creating safe stem cell lines and public support?   Loes Kater     37
Public biotechnology inquiries: from rationality to reflexivity   Tee Rogers-Hayden   Mavis Jones     49
The precautionary principle on trial: the construction and transformation of the precautionary principle in the UK court context   Chie Ujita   Liz Sharp   Peter Hopkinson     69
The social construction of the biotech industry   Kean Birch     94
Biopiracy and the bioeconomy   Paul Oldham     114
Identifying John Moore: narratives of persona in patent law relating to inventions of human origin   Hyo Yoon Kang     138
Sampling policies of isolates of historical interest: the social and historical formation of research populations in the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China   Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner     155
Themaking of scientific knowledge in the anthropological perspective: case studies from the French scientific community   Angela Procoli     168
Genomics and the transformation of knowledge: the bioinformatics challenge   Henrik Bruun     187
Science, media and society: the framing of bioethical debates around embryonic stem cell research between 2000 and 2005   Jenny Kitzinger   Clare Williams   Lesley Henderson     204
'Natural forces': the regulation and discourse of genomics and advanced medical technologies in Israel   Barbara Prainsack     231
Survival of the gene? 21st-century visions from genomics, proteomics and the new biology   Ruth McNally   Peter Glasner     253
Index     279
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