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- DescriptionThis book explores the socio-political implications of human heredity from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present postgemic moment. It addresses three main phases in the politicization of heredity: the peak of radical eugenics (1900-1945), characterized by an aggressive ethos of supporting the transformation of human society via biological kwledge; the repositioning, after 1945, of biological thinking into a liberal-democratic, human rights framework; and the present postgemic crisis in which the geme can longer be understood as insulated from environmental signals. In Political Biology, Maurizio Meloni argues that thanks to the ascendancy of epigenetics we may be witnessing a return to soft heredity - the idea that these signals can cause changes in biology that are themselves transferable to succeeding generations. This book will be of great interest to scholars across science and techlogy studies, the philosophy and history of science, and political and social theory.
- Author BiographyMaurizio Meloni is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, UK. He is a social theorist working on the historical, conceptual, and political implications of the life sciences. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, UK, and has held two EU Marie Curie Fellowships, a Fulbright scholarship, and an Annual Membership (2014-2015) at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA.
- Author(s)Maurizio Meloni
- PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
- Date of Publication03/02/2016
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Place of PublicationBasingstoke
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Notebiography
- Weight505 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine18 mm
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