Genetics as Social Practice: Transdisciplinary Views on Science and Culture

Genetics as Social Practice: Transdisciplinary Views on Science and Culture

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This volume brings together contributions exploring the mutual relationships between genetics, markets, societies, and identities in genetics and genomics. It draws upon the recent transdisciplinary debate on how socio-cultural factors influence understandings of ‘genetics2.0' and shows how individual and collective identities are challenged or reinforced by cultural meanings and practices of genetics. This book will become a standard reference for everyone seeking to make sense of the controversies and shifts in the field of genetics in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472407184
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Series: Theory, Technology and Society
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Barbara Prainsack is Reader in Sociology in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King's College London, UK.

Silke Schicktanz is Professor of Culture and Ethics of Biomedicine at the University Medical Centre Göttingen, Germany.

Gabriele Werner-Felmayer is University Professor of Medical Biochemistry at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Johannes Zschocke; Geneticising life: a collective endeavour and its challenges, Barbara Prainsack, Silke Schicktanz and Gabriele Werner-Felmayer. Part I Creating Identities: Will personal genomic information transform one’s self? Jennifer R. Fishman and Michelle L. McGowan; The changing self: philosophical concepts of self and personal identity in a post-clinical age of genetics, Josef Quitterer; Ancestry testing and DNA: uses, limits - and caveat emptor, Troy Duster; Other stories: artistic explorations of genealogy and identity, Priska Gisler, Mo Diener and Luzia Hürzeler. Part II Sharing Knowledge: The latent figure protocol - a photo essay, Paul Vanouse; Consequences of sequences, codes and messages: artistic and scientific readings of chromosomes in an era of consumerism, Gabriele Werner-Felmayer; The ethics of patenting in genetics: a second enclosure of the commons?, Sigrid Sterckx and Julian Cockbain. Part III Participating in the Social Laboratory: Understanding participation: the ‘citizen science’ of genetics, Barbara Prainsack; LabouringMe, LabouringUs, Gisli Palsson; Making responsible life plans: cultural differences in lay attitudes toward predictive genetic testing for late-onset diseases, Aviad E. Raz, Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty, Julia Inthorn and Silke Schicktanz; Genetic responsibility revisited: moral and cultural implications of genetic prediction of Alzheimer’s disease, Silke Schicktanz and Friederike Kogel. Index.

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