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Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences

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Hardback

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Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences by Amade M'Charek
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The Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP) was launched in 1991 by a group of population geneticists whose aim was to map genetic diversity in hundreds of human populations by tracing the similarities and differences between them. It quickly became controversial and was accused of racism and 'bad science' because of the special interest paid to sampling cell material from isolated and indigenous populations. The author spent a year carrying out participant observation in two of the laboratories involved and provides fascinating insights into daily routines and technologies used in those laboratories and also into issues of normativity, standardization and naturalisation. Drawing on debates and theoretical perspectives from across the social sciences, M'charek explores the relationship between the tools used to produce knowledge and the knowledge thus produced in a way that illuminates the HGDP but also contributes to our broader understanding of the contemporary life sciences and their social implications.

Author Biography

Amade M'charek is Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and the Department of Poltical Science, University of Amsterdam and is Lecturer in Science, Technology and Public Management.
Release date NZ
January 20th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
224
Dimensions
158x236x23
ISBN-13
9780521832229
Product ID
1772323

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