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Narrating the New Predictive Genetics
Ethics, Ethnography and Science

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences

  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521540667

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  • This work explores the way changes in technology have affected the relationship between ethics and medicine, generating new approaches to ethical issues and the implications of medical practice. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research with families affected by Huntington's Disease, Monica Konrad explores the huge disparity between the experience of living with the results of genetic testing and the knowledge and expertise to develop policy, clinical services and support.

    • Incorporates a wide comparative focus by juxtaposing and offsetting cross-cultural materials from the anthropological record
    • Develops novel conceptual insights regarding ethnography's mediation of ethics, bioethics and genetic science
    • The book is one of the first ethnographic studies to document developments and personal experiences of the new genetics from the British angle
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    "Narrating the New Predictive Genetics makes an original and important contribution to current scholarship on geneticisation by expanding the normative definition of bioethics beyond rules and principles to illuminate the relational ethics involved in HD decision-making. Refreshingly self-reflexive Konrad combines anthropological insight into kinship and morality with bioethics and shows how the social and natural sciences might well converge to help produce better policy rooted in how individuals and families really respond to genetic information, rather than assumptions about what their reactions will or ought to be.- Candian Journal of Sociology Online, Shelley Z. Reuter, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521540667
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Ethnography as Linkage Map:
    1. Thinking futures
    2. Approaching translocations
    Part II. 'Home Truths':
    3. Foretelling foreknowledge
    4. Tracing genealogies of non-disclosure
    Part III. Relational Ethics in Practice:
    5. Reproducing exclusion
    6. Relinquishing exclusion
    7. Conclusion

  • Author

    Monica Konrad, University of Cambridge
    Monica Konrad is Fellow of Girton College and Research Associate at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Her recent publications address the relevance of contemporary anthropology for global governance in science, international bioethics, and interdisciplinary studies.

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