Biology Unmoored: Melanesian Reflections on Life and Biotechnology

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University of California Press, Feb 20, 2007 - Social Science - 230 pages
"Bamford dares to venture into new terrains. In considering the way in which the social and natural sciences co-figure one another, she lays firm ground for investigating some of the implications of the way Euro-Americans model the world through their biological understandings of life. Biology Unmoored is a huge leap forward."—Marilyn Strathern, author of Kinship, Law, and the Unexpected: Relatives Are Always a Surprise

"A startling and riveting work. Bamford’s analysis raises our awareness of the implicit assumptions about biological relatedness that have underpinned much of the theory in the social sciences: in kinship studies, in studies of human-environmental relations, and in natural science assumptions about the boundaries between species."—Shirley Lindenbaum, coeditor of Knowledge, Power, and Practice: The Anthropology of Medicine and Everyday Life
 

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Contents

Conceptual Frameworks
1
1 Cultural Landscapes
20
2 Insubstantial Identities
46
3 Embodiments of Detachment
80
4 ImMortal Undertakings
117
5 Conceiving Global Identities
150
Conceptual Displacements
169
Notes
179
References
191
Index
219
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Sandra Bamford is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is the editor of Embodying Modernity and Postmodernity: Ritual, Praxis and Social Change in Melanesia, and coeditor of Genealogy--Beyond Kinship: Sequence, Transmission and Essence in Ethnography and Social Theory.

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