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Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology & Science Beyond Two-Culture Divide

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Publisher Comments:

The so-called science wars pit science against culture, and nowhere is the struggle more contentious—or more fraught with paradox—than in the burgeoning realm of genetics. A constructive response, and a welcome intervention, this volume brings together biological and cultural anthropologists to conduct an interdisciplinary dialogue that provokes and instructs even as it bridges the science/culture divide.

Individual essays address issues raised by the science, politics, and history of race, evolution, and identity; genetically modified organisms and genetic diseases; gene work and ethics; and the boundary between humans and animals. The result is an entree to the complicated nexus of questions prompted by the power and importance of genetics and genetic thinking, and the dynamic connections linking culture, biology, nature, and technoscience. The volume offers critical perspectives on science and culture, with contributions that span disciplinary divisions and arguments grounded in both biological perspectives and cultural analysis. An invaluable resource and a provocative introduction to new research and thinking on the uses and study of genetics, Genetic Nature/Culture is a model of fruitful dialogue, presenting the quandaries faced by scholars on both sides of the two-cultures debate.

Synopsis:

""Genetic Nature/Culture presents an engaging, intelligent, and, above all, necessary conversation within and beyond anthropology. These essays, diverse yet always mutually engaged, move past often-assumed intellectual boundaries in innovative and principled ways. They simultaneously shape, map, and challenge our understandings of the complex common ground on which genetics, culture, and history intersect--and, in so doing, help point toward a critical role for anthropology, now and in the future."--Don Brenneis, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

"The editors have carefully and coherently organized the book to shed light on the complex interplay of biology, culture, ideology and myth--on the 'tangled politics' of nature and culture in the increasingly contentious age of genetics."--Dorothy Nelkin, author (with Suzanne Anker) of "The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age


Synopsis:

This volume of original scholarship focuses on how anthropology is affected by and should respond to the wide range of issues associated with the culture and practice of genetics.

Synopsis:

"Genetic Nature/Culture presents an engaging, intelligent, and, above all, necessary conversation within and beyond anthropology. These essays, diverse yet always mutually engaged, move past often-assumed intellectual boundaries in innovative and principled ways. They simultaneously shape, map, and challenge our understandings of the complex common ground on which genetics, culture, and history intersect—and, in so doing, help point toward a critical role for anthropology, now and in the future."—Don Brenneis, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

"The editors have carefully and coherently organized the book to shed light on the complex interplay of biology, culture, ideology and myth—on the ‘tangled politics of nature and culture in the increasingly contentious age of genetics."—Dorothy Nelkin, author (with Suzanne Anker) of The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age

About the Author

Alan H. Goodman is Professor of Biological Anthropology at Hampshire College. Deborah Heath is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College. M. Susan Lindee is Professor of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Sydel Silverman

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction. Anthropology in an Age of Genetics: Practice, Discourse, and Critique

M. Susan Lindee, Alan Goodman, and Deborah Heath

NATURE/CULTURE

Human Populations/Genetic Resources

1. Indigenous Peoples, Changing Social and Political Landscapes, and Human Genetics in Amazonia

Ricardo Ventura Santos

2. Provenance and the Pedigree: Victor McKusicks Fieldwork with the Old Order Amish

M. Susan Lindee

3. Flexible Eugenics: Technologies of the Self in the Age of Genetics

Karen-Sue Taussig, Rayna Rapp, and Deborah Heath

4. The Commodification of Virtual Reality: The Icelandic Health Sector Database

Hilary Rose

Animal Species/Genetic Resources

5. Kinship, Genes, and Cloning: Life after Dolly

Sarah Franklin

6. For the Love of a Good Dog: Webs of Action in the World of Dog Genetics

Donna Haraway

7. 98% Chimpanzee and 35% Daffodil: The Human Genome in Evolutionary and Cultural Context

Jonathan Marks

CULTURE/NATURE

Political and Cultural Identity

8. From Pure Genes to GMOs: Transnationalized Gene Landscapes in the Biodiversity and Transgenic Food Networks

Chaia Heller and Arturo Escobar

9. Future Imaginaries: Genome Scientists as Sociocultural Entrepreneurs

Joan H. Fujimura

10. Reflections and Prospects for Anthropological Genetics in South Africa

Himla Soodyall

Race and Human Variation

11. The Genetics of African Americans: Implications for Disease Gene Mapping and Identity

Rick Kittles and Charmaine Royal

12. Human Races in the Context of Recent Human Evolution: A Molecular Genetic Perspective

Alan R. Templeton

13. Buried Alive: The Concept of Race in Science

Troy Duster

14. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Promise and Problems of Ancient DNA for Anthropology

Frederika A. Kaestle

List of Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520237933
Author:
Alan H. Goodman and Deborah Heath and M. Susan Lindee
Publisher:
University of California Press
Editor:
Heath, Deborah
Editor:
Lindee, M. Susan
Editor:
Goodman, Alan H.
Author:
Rose, Hilary
Author:
Duster, Troy
Author:
Santos, Ricardo Ventura
Author:
Haraway, Donna
Author:
Franklin, Sarah
Author:
Heath, Deborah
Author:
Goodman, Alan H., Prof.
Author:
Marks, Jonathan
Author:
Taussig, Karen Sue
Author:
Fujimura, Joan H.
Author:
Escobar, Arturo
Author:
Soodyall, Himla
Author:
Royal, Charmaine
Author:
Silverman, Sydel
Author:
Lindee, M. Susan
Author:
Kaestle, Frederika
Author:
Templeton, Alan R.
Author:
Kittles, Rick
Author:
Heller, Chaia
Author:
Rapp, Rayna
Author:
Goodman, Alan H.
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Human genetics
Subject:
Human population genetics
Subject:
Anthropological ethics.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-528
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b/w photographs, 6 line illustrations,
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , ""Genetic Nature/Culture presents an engaging, intelligent, and, above all, necessary conversation within and beyond anthropology. These essays, diverse yet always mutually engaged, move past often-assumed intellectual boundaries in innovative and principled ways. They simultaneously shape, map, and challenge our understandings of the complex common ground on which genetics, culture, and history intersect--and, in so doing, help point toward a critical role for anthropology, now and in the future."--Don Brenneis, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

"The editors have carefully and coherently organized the book to shed light on the complex interplay of biology, culture, ideology and myth--on the 'tangled politics' of nature and culture in the increasingly contentious age of genetics."--Dorothy Nelkin, author (with Suzanne Anker) of "The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age


"Synopsis" by , This volume of original scholarship focuses on how anthropology is affected by and should respond to the wide range of issues associated with the culture and practice of genetics.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Genetic Nature/Culture presents an engaging, intelligent, and, above all, necessary conversation within and beyond anthropology. These essays, diverse yet always mutually engaged, move past often-assumed intellectual boundaries in innovative and principled ways. They simultaneously shape, map, and challenge our understandings of the complex common ground on which genetics, culture, and history intersect—and, in so doing, help point toward a critical role for anthropology, now and in the future."—Don Brenneis, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

"The editors have carefully and coherently organized the book to shed light on the complex interplay of biology, culture, ideology and myth—on the ‘tangled politics of nature and culture in the increasingly contentious age of genetics."—Dorothy Nelkin, author (with Suzanne Anker) of The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age

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