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Sociological Perspectives on the New Genetics

Peter Conrad (Editor), Jonathan Gabe (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21599-8
228 pages
January 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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With the advent of the Human Genome Project, the new genetics has moved to the cutting edge of science and medicine. The development and use of such genetics will have a profound impact on our understanding of disease and behaviour. This volume presents new sociological research which explores the structure andproduction of genetic knowledge, its social meaning, impact and implication s for society.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Sociological Perspectives on The New Genetics: An Overview: Peter Conrad and Jonathan Gabe.

Part I: Structure and Production of Genetic Knowledge:.

1. Genes as Drugs: The Social Shaping of Gene Therapy and The Reconstruction of Genetic Disease: Paul Martin.

2. Experts as 'Storytellers' In Reproductive Genetics: Exploring Key Issues: Elizabeth Ettorre.

3. The Human Drama of Genetics: 'Hard' and 'Soft' Media Representations of Inherited Breast Cancer: Lesley Henderson and Jenny Kitzinger.

Part II: The Social Meanings of Genetics:.

4. Waiting For The Cure: Mapping The Social Relations of Human Gene Therapy Research: Alan Stockdale.

5. Doing The Right Thing: Genetic Risk and Responsibility: Nina Hallowell.

6. There's This Thing In Our Family: Predictive Testing and The Construction of Risk For Huntington Disease: Susan Cox and William Mckellin.

Part III: The Social Impact and Implications of Genetics:.

7. Defining The 'Social': Towards An Understanding of Scientific and Medical Discourses on The Social Aspects of The New Human Genetics: Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Anne Kerr.

8. Losing The Plot? Medical and Activist Discourses of The Contemporary Genetics and Disability: Tom Shakespeare.

9. DNA Identification and Surveillance Creep: Dorothy Nelkin and Lori Andrews.

Notes on Contributors.


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