Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics / Edition 1

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Overview

"In this gracefully written, subtle, and thorough account of a failed scientific endeavor, Jenny Reardon effectively accomplishes several important goals. First, she tells a fascinating story of how a well-intentioned scientific effort to explore the diversity of the human species foundered on the shoals of controversy that sprung in part from the fundamental inability of scientists to apprehend the sociopolitical world in which their efforts were situated. Second, she illuminates her analysis with a theoretical perspective that emphasizes the simultaneous 'co-production' of social order and natural order. Third, Reardon is at the cutting edge of new work on race and science that seeks to understand the complex role of new sciences such as genetics in the remaking of racial classifications, identities, and politics. She does all this with impressive clarity, never losing sight of the appeal of the story itself."—Steven Epstein, University of California, San Diego, author of Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge

"This book ranks as the seminal history of the Human Genome Diversity Project. Jenny Reardon tells an entertaining and enlightening story of the very social and political field of human diversity research."—Alan H. Goodman, President-Elect, American Anthropological Association, editor of Genetic Nature/Culture

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Editorial Reviews

The New Republic - David J. Rothman and Sheila M. Rothman
In science and medicine the category of race has not merely survived, it has flourished. In this post-human genome era, it serves as an essential organizing concept for research and presentation of data. How race managed to overcome its past, why it continues to be used, and what the implications are for both science and society, are the subjects of Jenny Reardon's smart, informative, and aptly titled book.
Science - Henry T. Greely
Reardon has written a valuable book . . . Although Reardon does not provide the story of the HGDP, she offers a useful story of the problems that effort faced.
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"In science and medicine the category of race has not merely survived, it has flourished. In this post-human genome era, it serves as an essential organizing concept for research and presentation of data. How race managed to overcome its past, why it continues to be used, and what the implications are for both science and society, are the subjects of Jenny Reardon's smart, informative, and aptly titled book."—David J. Rothman and Sheila M. Rothman, The New Republic

"Reardon has written a valuable book . . . Although Reardon does not provide the story of the HGDP, she offers a useful story of the problems that effort faced."—Henry T. Greely, Science

Science
Reardon has written a valuable book . . . Although Reardon does not provide the story of the HGDP, she offers a useful story of the problems that effort faced.
— Henry T. Greely
The New Republic
In science and medicine the category of race has not merely survived, it has flourished. In this post-human genome era, it serves as an essential organizing concept for research and presentation of data. How race managed to overcome its past, why it continues to be used, and what the implications are for both science and society, are the subjects of Jenny Reardon's smart, informative, and aptly titled book.
— David J. Rothman and Sheila M. Rothman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691118574
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2004
  • Series: In-formation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,164,541
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Reardon is Assistant Research Professor of Women's Studies and Institute of Genome Sciences and Policy Scholar at Duke University..
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Post-World War II expert discourses on race 17
Ch. 3 In the legacy of Darwin 45
Ch. 4 Diversity meets anthropology 74
Ch. 5 Group consent and the informed, volitional subject 98
Ch. 6 Discourses of participation 126
Ch. 7 Conclusion 157
App Human genome diversity project time line 175
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