Backdoor to Eugenics

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Medical - 240 pages
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Considered a classic in the field, Troy Duster's Backdoor to Eugenics was a groundbreaking book that grappled with the social and political implications of the new genetic technologies. Completely updated and revised, this work will be welcomed back into print as we struggle to understand the pros and cons of prenatal detection of birth defects; gene therapies; growth hormones; and substitute genetic answers to problems linked with such groups as Jews, Scandanavians, Native American, Arabs and African Americans. Duster's book has never been more timely.
  

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Contents

Inherited Genetic Disorders and Inherited Social Orders
3
The Prism of Heritability and the Sociology of Knowledge What Questions? Whose Questions?
21
The Genetic Screening of Target Populations
39
Dilemmas of a General Genetic Disorder Control Policy
60
Neutrality and Ideology in Genetic Disorder Control
79
The Increasing Appropriation of Genetic Explanations
95
Eugenics by the Back Door
114
Human Genetics Evolutionary Theory and Social Stratification
132
The New and Emerging Relationship between Behavioral and Molecular Genetics
146
Intermediate Steps between Micro and Macro Integration The Case of Screening for Inherited Disorders
164
Screening Issues in Counseling
171
The Ethnic Distribution of Disease
194
Notes
197
References
212
Index
234
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Troy Duster is on the faculty at the University of California Berkeley; Duster is also Professor of Sociology at New York University.

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