Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two-Culture Divide

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Alan H. Goodman, Deborah Heath, M. Susan Lindee
University of California Press, Nov 6, 2003 - Science - 311 pages
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The so-called science wars pit science against culture, and nowhere is the struggle more contentious—or more fraught with paradox—than in the burgeoning realm of genetics. A constructive response, and a welcome intervention, this volume brings together biological and cultural anthropologists to conduct an interdisciplinary dialogue that provokes and instructs even as it bridges the science/culture divide.

Individual essays address issues raised by the science, politics, and history of race, evolution, and identity; genetically modified organisms and genetic diseases; gene work and ethics; and the boundary between humans and animals. The result is an entree to the complicated nexus of questions prompted by the power and importance of genetics and genetic thinking, and the dynamic connections linking culture, biology, nature, and technoscience. The volume offers critical perspectives on science and culture, with contributions that span disciplinary divisions and arguments grounded in both biological perspectives and cultural analysis. An invaluable resource and a provocative introduction to new research and thinking on the uses and study of genetics, Genetic Nature/Culture is a model of fruitful dialogue, presenting the quandaries faced by scholars on both sides of the two-cultures debate.
 

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Contents

natureculture
5
Section A Human PopulationsGenetic Resources
21
Victor McKusicks Fieldwork
41
Technologies of the Self in the Age of Genetics
58
The Icelandic Health
77
Life after Dolly
95
Webs of Action in the World
111
in Evolutionary and Cultural Context
132
culturenature
153
Genome Scientists as Sociocultural Entrepreneurs
176
Reflections and Prospects for Anthropological Genetics
200
Implications for Disease
219
The Concept of Race in Science
258
Promise and Problems
278
list of contributors
297
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Alan H. Goodman is Professor of Biological Anthropology at Hampshire College. Deborah Heath is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College. M. Susan Lindee is Professor of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

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