The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon
"The DNA Mystique is a wake-up call to all who would dismiss America's love affair with 'the gene' as a merely eccentric obsession."
--In These Times
"Nelkin and Lindee are to be warmly congratulated for opening up this intriguing field [of genetics in popular culture] to further study."
The DNA Mystique suggests that the gene in popular culture draws on scientific ideas but is not constrained by the technical definition of the gene as a section of DNA that codes for a protein. In highlighting DNA as it appears in soap operas, comic books, advertising, and other expressions of mass culture, the authors propose that these domains provide critical insights into science itself.
With a new introduction and conclusion, this edition will continue to be an engaging, accessible, and provocative text for the sociology, anthropology, and bioethics classroom, as well as stimulating reading for those generally interested in science and culture.
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THE DNA MYSTIQUE: The Gene as a Cultural IconUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Policy, popular culture, and genetics meet in this intelligent critique of our society's search for easy answers. Genetic essentialism is on the rise, contend Nelkin (Sociology/New York Univ.; The ... Read full review
The DNA mystique: the gene as a cultural iconUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Newspapers, TV talk shows, comic books, and even jokes are full of genetic soundbites--celebrity DNA and designer genes, genetic counseling, genes for cancer, and maybe gayness. Nelkin (Dangerous ... Read full review