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The Embryo Research Debate

The Embryo Research Debate
Science and the Politics of Reproduction

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Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

  • Date Published: February 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521576833

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  • This book provides a nontechnical account of the debate concerning human embryo research, concentrating on the British parliamentary debates of 1984-1990. It traces the debates' origins back to conflicts over abortion and moral reform in the 1960s, and examines reactions in the 1990s to sex selection and the use of eggs from human fetuses for research. Michael Mulkay shows how embryo research develops within a complex social environment, writing for anyone interested in the relationship between science-based assisted reproduction and society.

    • Non-technical account of embryo research debates, putting them in wider social and historical context
    • Examines key issues and arguments deployed in debates including religion, gender, role of the media, influence of science fiction
    • No other book combines such subtle understanding of sociology of science with knowledge of the cultural milieu of the debates
    • Mulkay very well known sociologist of science
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    "Recommended as a resource for science, history, social studies and political science undergraduate courses." R.G. McGee, Jr., Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521576833
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. The background to the debate
    2. The sequence of parliamentary debate
    3. Political parties and ministerial tactics
    4. The impact of the pro-research lobby
    5. Embryos in the news
    6. Women and men
    7. Science and religion
    8. The myth of Frankenstein
    9. Embryo research and the slippery slope
    Epilogue: intruders in the Fallopian tube or a dream of perfect human reproduction

  • Author

    Michael Mulkay, University of York

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