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New Genetics, New Identities

1st Edition

Edited by Paul Atkinson, Peter Glasner, Helen Greenslade


196 pages

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What implications are applications of new genetic technologies in biomedicine having on social identity in today’s society?

New Genetics, New Identities, a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary volume in the CESAGen Genetics & Society Book series, presents not only theoretical reflection but also empirical case studies drawn from an international array of authors. Including the highly controversial areas of reproductive technologies and use of human embryos in biomedical research, other key features include:

  • a fresh analysis of a wide-range of social and political concerns in the development of new social identities
  • examinations of the social implications of identity formation as a result from advances in genetic technologies from a number of perspectives both locally and globally
  • resources of a wide range of social science disciplines to discuss significant sociological, anthropological, political and ethical issues.

This superb collection is an essential informative read for postgraduates and academics in the fields of sociology, anthropology and scientific technologies giving a comparative approach to complex issues surrounding the social implications of these advances in a period of rapid social change.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: New Genetic Identities? 2. Genetic Advocacy Groups, Science and Biovalue: Creating Political Economies of Hope 3. Patients as Public in Ethics Debates: Interpreting the Role of Patient Organizations in Democracy 4. From ‘Scraps and Fragments’ to ‘Whole Organisms’: Molecular Biology, Clinical Research and Post Genomic Bodies 5. Fashioning Flesh: Inclusion, Exclusivity and the Potential of Genomics 6. Mapping Origins: Race and Relatedness in Population Genetics and Genetic Gnealogy 7. The Moral and Sentimental Work of the Clinic: The Case of Genetic Syndromes 8. Medical Classification and the Experience of Genetic Haemochromatosis 9. Towards an Anatomy of Public Engagement with Medical Genetics 10. Genetics, Gender and Reproductive Technologies in Latin America 11. Genomics, Social Formations and Subjectivity

About the Series

Genetics and Society

The books in this series, all based on original research, explore the social, economic and ethical consequences of the new genetic sciences. The series is based in the Cesagene, one of the centres forming the ESRC’s Genomics Network (EGN), the largest UK investment in social-science research on the implications of these innovations. With a mix of research monographs, edited collections, textbooks and a major new handbook, the series is a valuable contribution to the social analysis of developing and emergent bio-technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Genetics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General