Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age

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Revisting Race in the Genomic Age takes a cutting-edge look at emerging genetic technologies and their impact on current conceptions of race and human identity. Essays will explore genomic science as an important anthropological and sociological case in the development of race theory as well as examine the social, ethical, and legal implications of emerging genomic technologies. Philosophers join anthropologists and scientists working in human genetic variation research to make this a truly interdisciplinary work. Following the introduction, essays in section one will present the conceptual frameworks on race as related to human genetic variation research. The heart of the book is made of up three sections focusing on three significant themes in this emerging cross-disciplinary engagement. Sections are "Race-targeted Research and Therapeutics," "Genetic Ancestry, Identity, and Group Membership," and "Race and Genetics in Public Discourse."
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Editorial Reviews


"This very important and timely volume should be of interest to any readers interested in human variation and how developments in biomedical sciences—especially the mapping of the human genome—impact the long-standing debate surrounding the concept of race. The book's multidisciplinary nature makes it unique and particularly thought-provoking. Highly recommended."
Science - Troy Duster

"There are vigorous proponents for the continued use of race as a proxy for ancestry, some represented in this collection. Yet the full value of Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age—and the editors' trenchant analytic summaries—is that the volume substantially raises the level and the terms of the debate. That deserves applause from all sides."
Journal of American Ethnic History

"The interdisciplinary discussion on genetics and race presented in Revisiting Race in the Genomic Age brings us closer to an understanding of genetics and racism."
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

"In this complex context, there is a clear need for interdisciplinary studies that could enlighten us regarding human genetic variation, bringing together experts in the biological sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Scientists working in human genetics today need a solid cultural background in science, history, and the philosophy of science. The volume represents a first and useful answer to these needs."
University of Alabama - William W. Dressler

"Developments in molecular biology have fundamentally changed our understanding of the human genome and the role of genes in human health and behavior. This important, timely, and richly informative volume examines the diverse implications of modern human genetics for one of the most challenging and vexing constructs ever devised for describing humans: 'race'."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813543246
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Lawrence D. Bobo Bobo, Lawrence D.
Introduction Race and Genetics in a Genomic Age Barbara A. Koenig Koenig, Barbara A. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee Lee, Sandra Soo-Jin Sarah S. Richardson Richardson, Sarah S. 1 Pt. 1 Concepts of Race
1 Race: Past, Present, and Future Jonathan Marks Marks, Jonathan 21
2 What Genes Are and Why There Are No Genes for Race John Dupre Dupre, John 39
3 A Social Constructionist Analysis of Race Sally Haslanger Haslanger, Sally 56
4 Individual Ancestry Inference and the Reification of Race as a Biological Phenomenon Deborah A. Bolnick Bolnick, Deborah A. 70 Pt. 2 Race-Targeted Research and Therapeutics
5 Race, Ancestry, and Medicine Marcus W. Feldman Feldman, Marcus W. Richard C. Lewontin Lewontin, Richard C. 89
6 Will Tomorrow's Medicines Work for Everyone? Sarah K. Tate Tate, Sarah K. David B. Goldstein Goldstein, David B. 102
7 Patenting Race in a Genomic Age Jonathan Kahn Kahn, Jonathan 129
8 The Molecularization of Race: U.S. Health Institutions, Pharmacogenetics Practice, and Public Science after the Genome Duana Fullwiley Fullwiley, Duana 149
9 Tracking Race in Addiction Research Molly J. Dingel Dingel, Molly J. Barbara A. Koenig Koenig, Barbara A. 172 Pt. 3 Genetic Ancestry, Identity, and Group Membership
10 Genetic Ancestry and the Search for Personalized Genetic Histories Mark D. Shriver Shriver, Mark D. Rick A. Kittles Kittles, Rick A. 201
11 Genetic Genealogy: Genetics Meets the Marketplace Henry T. Greely Greely, Henry T. 215
12 In Search or Native American Race and Tribe Kimberly Tallbear Tallbear, Kimberly 235
13 The Factness of Diaspora: The Social Sources orGenetic Genealogy Alondra Nelson Nelson, Alondra 253 Pt. 4 Race and Genetics in Public Discourse
14 Moving beyond the Two-Race Mantra Pamela Sankar Sankar, Pamela 271
15 Cops, Sports, and Schools: How the News Media Frames Coverage of Genetics and Race Sally Lehrman Lehrman, Sally 285
16 Race without Salvation: Beyond the Science/Society Divide in Genomic Studies or Human Diversity Jenny Reardon Reardon, Jenny 304
17 The Feasibility of Government Oversight of NIH-Funded Population Genetics Research Jacqueline Stevens Stevens, Jacqueline 320
18 Racial Realism and the Discourse of Responsibility for Health Disparities in a Genomic Age Sandra Soo-Jin Lee Lee, Sandra Soo-Jin 342 Contributors 359 Index 365
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