Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two-Culture Divide
Alan H. Goodman, Deborah Heath, M. Susan Lindee
University of California Press, Nov 6, 2003 - Science - 311 pages
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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Section A Human PopulationsGenetic Resources
Victor McKusicks Fieldwork
Technologies of the Self in the Age of Genetics
The Icelandic Health
Life after Dolly
Webs of Action in the World
in Evolutionary and Cultural Context
Genome Scientists as Sociocultural Entrepreneurs
Reflections and Prospects for Anthropological Genetics
Implications for Disease
The Concept of Race in Science
Promise and Problems
list of contributors
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