Politics Of Heredity, The / Edition 1

Politics Of Heredity, The / Edition 1

by Diane B. Paul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791438228

ISBN-13: 9780791438220

Pub. Date: 07/23/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores the political forces underlying shifts in thinking about the respective influence of heredity and environment in shaping human behavior, and the feasibility and morality of eugenics.

The essays collected in The Politics of Heredity explore the political factors underlying shifts in thinking about the role of nature and nurture in shaping human

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Explores the political forces underlying shifts in thinking about the respective influence of heredity and environment in shaping human behavior, and the feasibility and morality of eugenics.

The essays collected in The Politics of Heredity explore the political factors underlying shifts in thinking about the role of nature and nurture in shaping human behavior, and about the desirability and feasibility of controlling human reproduction. They ask why many assumptions that were simply taken for granted as late as the 1950s and ’60s came to be considered fundamentally mistaken in the 1970s and ’80s. They also suggest that some apparent shifts in thinking were not as deep as they may seem, and that changes in rhetoric may obscure the stability of core underlying beliefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791438220
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/23/1998
Series:
SUNY Series in Philosophy and Biology
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Eugenics and the Left

3. The Nine Lives of Discredited Data

4. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Origins of Behavior Genetics

5. A Debate That Refuses to Die

6. Eugenic Anxieties, Social Realities, and Political Choices

7. Did Eugenics Rest on an Elementary Mistake?

8. Eugenic Origins of Medical Genetics

9. Genes and Contagious Disease: The Rise and Fall of a Metaphor

10. PKU Screening: Competing Agendas, Converging Stories

References

Index

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