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Genetic advocacy groups, science and biovalue: creating political economies of hope

Novas, Carlos (2007) Genetic advocacy groups, science and biovalue: creating political economies of hope. In: Atkinson, Paul and Glasner, Peter, (eds.) New Genetics, New Identities. Genetics and society. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 11-27. ISBN 9780415394079

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New genetic technologies and their applications in biomedicine have important implications for social identities in contemporary societies. In medicine, new genetics is increasingly important for the identification of health and disease, the imputation of personal and familial risk, and the moral status of those identified as having genetic susceptibility for inherited conditions. There are also consequent transformations in national and ethnic collective identity, and the body and its investigation is potentially transformed by the possibilities of genetic investigations and modifications (including the highly controversial terrains of reproductive technologies and the use of human embryos in biomedical research). The papers in this volume, drawn from an international array of authors, address these issues from a variety of national, disciplinary and empirical standpoints. An informative read for postgraduates and professionals in the fields of sociology, social anthropology, science and technologystudies, and environmental studies, the chapters comprise empirically based and theoretically informed discussions of key sociological, anthropological, political and ethical issues. Using the resources of a wide range of social science disciplines to provide a comparative approach to complex issues, this superb collection explores the local and global consequences of the new genetics, and analyzes the social implications of these advances for identity formation in a period of rapid social change.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Routledge
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Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2008 11:15
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 23:03

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