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Author Gísli Pálsson, 1949-
Title Anthropology and the new genetics / Gísli Pálsson
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  QH438.7 .G52 2007    AVAILABLE    30520020669561
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  304.5 G446 2007    DUE 07-06-22  -  30500101500430
Descript xiii, 268 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Series New departures in anthropology
New departures in anthropology
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-254) and index
Introduction: "As deep as life itself" -- Birthmarks become landmarks : "little worlds in themselves" -- Genealogies, relationships, and histories -- Biobanking : medical records and genetic databases -- For whom the cell tolls : bioethics -- Biovalue : appropriating genomes -- Human variation -- Conclusion
"The growth of "new genetics" has dramatically increased our understanding of health, diseases, and the body. Anthropologists argue that these scientific advances have also had far-reaching social and cultural implications, radically challenging our self-understanding and our perception of what it means to be human: that we have become "biomedicalized," fragmented and commodified - thus redefining our notions of citizenship, social relations, family, and identity. Anthropology and the New Genetics shows how anthropology can contribute to and challenge the ways we have come to understand genetic issues. Exploring a range of issues and case studies in human genetic research, it provides an ethnographic "reality check," arguing that we must look beyond the "gene-centrism" of genetic codes, family trees, and insular populations, to explore their wider cultural, ethical, and philosophical implications. Merging natural and social issues with the real world of medical science, this book will be welcomed by anyone interested in anthropology, sociology, biology, health, and medicine."--BOOK JACKET
Subject Human genetics -- Social aspects
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