Biotechnology Unglued: Science, Society, and Social Cohesion

Biotechnology Unglued: Science, Society, and Social Cohesion

by Michael Mehta

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Overview

Proponents of biotechnology claim that advances in this technology will create a better world - a world free of malnutrition and hunger, with less reliance on herbicides and pesticides. All of this sounds too good to be true. While some innovations in biotechnology provide significant benefits to particular users, the impacts of these technologies on society are often poorly understood. Can biotechnology threaten the social fabric by weakening, even if temporarily, the social cohesion of society?

This collection of eight case studies shows how particular applications in agricultural, medical, and forensic biotechnology affect the social cohesiveness of agricultural communities, citizens of the developed and developing world, consumer groups, scientific communities, and society in general.

While advances in biotechnology continue to be made in laboratories around the world, a significant social experiment is occurring simultaneously. Will these new technologies unravel, or perhaps realign, the social fabric as we know it? Biotechnology Unglued explores these questions in investigating the impacts of technology on social cohesion.

These essays make a significant contribution to the fields of sociology, agriculture, biotechnology, and environmental studies, and will be indispensible to scholars, policy makers, rural development agencies, farmers, and non-governmental organizations. Its engaging and accessible style will appeal to anyone interested in the social dimensions of biotechnology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774811347
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 01/04/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: The Impact of Innovations in Biotechnology on Social Cohesion / Michael Mehta
2. The Impact of Agricultural Biotechnology on Social Cohesion / Michael Mehta
3. Agricultural Biotechnology and Developing Countries: Issues of Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Sustainable Development / Jacqueline Broerse and Joske Bunders
4. Legitimation Crisis: Food Safety and Genetically Modified Organisms / Christopher Vanderpool, Toby Ten Eyck and Craig Harris
5. Genetically Modified Foods in Norway: A Consumer Perspective / Margareta Wandel
6. Commercializing Iceland: Biotechnology, Culture and the Information Society / Kyle Eischen
7. Biotechnology and Social Control: The Canadian DNA Data Bank / Neil Gerlach
8. Biotechnology as Modern Museums of Civilization / Annette Burfoot and Jennifer Poudrier
9. The Production, Diffusion and Use of Knowledge in Biotechnology: The Discovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Genes / Robert Dalpé, Louise Bouchard and Daniel Ducharme
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William Leiss

With its tight focus on social implications generally and social cohesion particularly, Biotechnology Unglued has a unique niche in the very ‘hot’ area of biotechnology. This focus is its strength and comparative advantage, and will set it apart from the rest of the literature, both existing and forthcoming.

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"With its tight focus on social implications generally and social cohesion particularly, Biotechnology Unglued has a unique niche in the very ‘hot’ area of biotechnology. This focus is its strength and comparative advantage, and will set it apart from the rest of the literature, both existing and forthcoming."—William Leiss, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

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