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Author Happe, Kelly E

Title The material gene : gender, race, and heredity after the human genome project / Kelly E. Happe
Published New York : New York University Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 288 pages)
Series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience and Health in the 21st Century
Biopolitics (New York, N.Y.)
Contents Ideology and the new rhetoric of genomics -- Heredity as ideology : situating genomics historically -- Genomics and the reproductive body -- Genomics and the racial body -- Genomics and the polluted body -- Toward a biosociality without genes
Summary In 2000, the National Human Genome Research Institute announced the completion of a "draft" of the human genome, the sequence information of nearly all 3 billion base pairs of DNA. In the wake of this major scientific accomplishment, the focus on the genetic basis of disease has sparked many controversies as questions are raised about radical preventative therapies, the role of race in research, and the environmental origins of illness. In this book, the author explores the cultural and social dimensions of our understandings of genomics, using this emerging field to examine the physical manifestation of social relations. Situating contemporary genomics medicine and public health within a wider history of eugenics, the author examines how the relationship between heredity and dominant social and economic interests has shifted along with transformations in gender and racial politics, social movement, and political economy. The author demonstrates that genomics is a type of social knowledge, relying on cultural values to attach meaning to the body. This book situates contemporary genomics within a history of genetics research yet is attentive to the ways in which knowledge claims about heredity, race, and gender emerge and are articulated to social and political agendas. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-272) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Genomics -- Social aspects
Human genetics -- Social aspects
Genetic engineering -- Moral and ethical aspects
Human genome.
Genome, Human
Racial Groups -- genetics
Genetic Predisposition to Disease -- genetics
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Gender Studies.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Genetics & Genomics.
Human genome.
Genetic engineering -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Genomics -- Social aspects.
Human genetics -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780814744727