Genetic knowledge: the contribution of sociologies

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1999

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Kluwer Academic / Plenum Press

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Abstract

Different sociologies have a contribution to make in terms of identifying problems with untheorized notions of lay knowledge about genetics. This chapter reviews the insights afforded by different sociological traditions, including subjectivism, feminism, anti-racism, disability rights perspectives, critical realism and post-modernism. Collectively, these sociologies caution against certainty in (1)the conception of genetic knowledge; (2)the actions of health professionals; and (3)the implementation of genetic policy.

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genetic, sociology, sickle, thalassaemia, social, critical, positivism, subjectivism, post-modernism, RAE 2001

Citation

Dyson, S. (1999) Genetic knowledge: the contribution of sociologies. In: A. K. Thompson, and R. F. Chadwick, eds. Genetic information: acquisition, access, and control. New York/London: Kluwer.

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Institute for Allied Health Sciences Research