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Overview

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.
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Paul (political science, Univ. of Mass. at Boston) explores the development of hybrid corn, the history of eugenics, human genetics, the nature-nurture debate, the origins of the Marxian concept of proletarian society, the shift in the meaning of "fitness" in evolutionary theory, the practice of normal science in Nazi Germany, and the making and selling of science textbooks. A common theme unites the ten diverse essays<-->the connections between biological science, social power, and public policy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791438220
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/1998
  • Series: SUNY Series in Philosophy and Biology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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