Anthropology and the New Genetics (New Departures in Anthropology)

Anthropology and the New Genetics (New Departures in Anthropology)

by Gísli Pálsson (Author)


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.



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Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
Edition: 1
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 02 Aug 2007

ISBN 10: 0521671744
ISBN 13: 9780521671743
Book Overview: A broad, fresh perspective on how genetic research redefines what it means to be human.

Media Reviews
'... provides a good overview of emerging concepts and theory in anthropology in relation to genetics.' Medische Antropologie
'Palsson shows that anthropology and genetics have much to offer each other. ... Anthropology and the New Genetics is a provocative book that provides an excellent overview of the anthropological and theoretical issues raised by genetics. ... Palsson's book will likely be appreciated by graduate students, anthropologists, and other social scientists studying human genetics, science and technology, biomedicine and bioethics, as well as by scholars with interests in the body, relatedness, and race.' Medical Anthropology Quarterly
Author Bio
Gisli Palsson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland.