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Titolo:
EUGENICS AND THE NEW GENETICS IN BRITAIN - EXAMINING CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONALS ACCOUNTS
Autore:
KERR A; CUNNINGHAMBURLEY S; AMOS A;
Indirizzi:
UNIV EDINBURGH,SCI STUDIES UNIT,BUCCLEUCH PL EDINBURGH EH8 9LN MIDLOTHIAN SCOTLAND UNIV EDINBURGH,DEPT PUBL HLTH SCI EDINBURGH EH8 9AG MIDLOTHIAN SCOTLAND
Titolo Testata:
Science, technology, & human values
fascicolo: 2, volume: 23, anno: 1998,
pagine: 175 - 198
SICI:
0162-2439(1998)23:2<175:EATNGI>2.0.ZU;2-7
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR; HEALTH; CHINA; SUSCEPTIBILITY; INTERESTS; DISEASES; GENES; CRIME; LAW;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Citazioni:
70
Recensione:
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Citazione:
A. Kerr et al., "EUGENICS AND THE NEW GENETICS IN BRITAIN - EXAMINING CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONALS ACCOUNTS", Science, technology, & human values, 23(2), 1998, pp. 175-198

Abstract

This article explores the accounts of eugenics made by a small but important group of British scientists and clinicians working on the new genetics as applied to human health. These scientists and clinicians used special rhetorical strategies for distancing the new genetics fromeugenics and to sustain their professional autonomy. They drew a number of boundaries or distinctions between eugenics and their own field,describing eugenics as politically distorted ''bad science,'' as being technically unfeasible, a feature of totalitarian regimes, the abuseof neutral knowledge, and as the manipulation of the population's gene pool as opposed to diagnosing and treating individuals with genetic conditions. Their more sophisticated defense strategies invoked the importance of individual choice and the relationship between nature and nurture. The article highlights the ambiguities and difficulties in professionals' use of this rhetoric drawing on historical and sociological analyses of eugenics, genetics, and medical science and technology more broadly.

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