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The New Genetics and The Public's Health

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ISBN 9780415221429
Published December 29, 2001 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

The rapid advancement of genetic science, fuelled by the Human Genome Project and other related initiatives, promises a new kind of public health practice based on the pre-detection of disease according to calculations of genetic risk.This book by two well-known sociologists explores the implications of the new genetics for public health as a body of knowledge and a domain of practice. It assesses the impact of new genetic information and technologies on conceptions of health, illness, embodiment, self and citizenship and critically examines the complex discourses surrounding human genetics and public health. The New Genetics and The Public's Health addresses the emerging social and political consequences of the new genetics and provides a stimulating critique of current research and practice in public health.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Geneticisation of Health 2. Representing Genetics 3. Genetic Risk 4. Health, Consumption and Genetics 5. Global Flows of Genes and Bio-coloialism 6. Cloning, Therapeutics and Public Health 7. Conclusion

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