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Titolo:
On ambivalence and risk: Reflexive modernity and the new human genetics
Autore:
Kerr, A; Cunningham-Burley, S;
Indirizzi:
Univ Edinburgh, Sci Studies Unit, Edinburgh EH8 9LN, Midlothian, Scotland Univ Edinburgh Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland EH8 9LN Midlothian, Scotland Univ Edinburgh, Dept Publ Hlth Sci, Sch Med, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, Midlothian, Scotland Univ Edinburgh Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland EH8 9AG Midlothian, Scotland
Titolo Testata:
SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
fascicolo: 2, volume: 34, anno: 2000,
pagine: 283 - 304
SICI:
0038-0385(200005)34:2<283:OAARRM>2.0.ZU;2-3
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
HUMAN GENOME PROJECT; PRENATAL-DIAGNOSIS; CYSTIC-FIBROSIS; EUGENICS; HEALTH; PERSPECTIVE; DISCOURSES; FATALISM; BEHAVIOR; BIOLOGY;
Keywords:
ambivalence; human genetics; reflexive modernity; risk;
Tipo documento:
Review
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
110
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Kerr, A Univ Edinburgh, Sci Studies Unit, 21 Buccleuch Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9LN, Midlothian, Scotland Univ Edinburgh 21 Buccleuch Pl Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland EH8 9LN
Citazione:
A. Kerr e S. Cunningham-Burley, "On ambivalence and risk: Reflexive modernity and the new human genetics", SOCIOLOGY, 34(2), 2000, pp. 283-304

Abstract

This critical examination of theories of reflexive modernity with respect to the new human genetics draws on a range of empirical studies and conceptual critiques. In it we explore the ways in which genetic knowledge and testing technologies offer new choices, construct new risks and generate public and professional ambivalence. We contrast this with the processes of ordering, reduction and control suffusing these developments. We argue that reductionism and determinism continue to infuse genetic theories and methods, that scientific and social progress are collapsed anew, and that certitude and surveillance remain powerful guiding principles. Within this context, the reflexive potential of individual choice, personal responsibility and risk estimation is seriously undermined. Indeed, in the case of the new humangenetics, it seems that reflexive modernisation promotes, rather than curtails, a new modern/counter-modern eugenics. This occurs through the privatisation of lay ambivalence and professionals' successful institutional reflexivity. The paper concludes with a consideration of the implications of ourreflections for sociology and participatory democracy more broadly.

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