Anthropology and the New Genetics

By: Gisli Palsson

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The growth of ‘new genetics’ has dramatically increased our understanding of health, diseases and the body. Anthropologists argue that these scientific advances have had far-reaching social and cultural implications, radically changing our self-understanding and perception of what it means to be human; that we have become ‘biomedicalized’, fragmented and commodified - redefining our notions of citizenship, social relations, family and identity. This book 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 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. Including coverage of the controversial and widely discussed Icelandic Health Sector Database, this accessible survey will be welcomed by graduate students and researchers in social anthropology, human genetics and biotechnology. • Engages with both the scientific advances of genetic research, and their theoretical and social implications • Discusses in detail some of the most important genetic databases and research projects that have emerged since the late 1990s • Provides a fresh and original perspective on how we understand ourselves and our bodies in light of new scientific advances Contents 1. Introduction: ‘as deep as life itself’; 2. Birthmarks become landmarks: 'little worlds in themselves'; 3. Genealogies, relationships and histories; 4. Biobanking: medical records and genetic databases; 5. For whom the cell tolls: bioethics; 6. Biovalue: appropriating genomes; 7. Human variation; 8. Conclusions. Printed Pages: 280 with 1 table and 10 figures.

Title: Anthropology and the New Genetics

Author Name: Gisli Palsson

Categories: Other,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Cambridge University Press: 2007

ISBN: 0521671744

ISBN 13: 9780521671743

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: 150 x 230 Mm

Seller ID: 020796

Keywords: Genetics Anthropology