Over the past several decades there has been an explosion of
interest in genetics and genetic inheritance within both the
research community and the mass media. The science of genetics now
forecasts great advances in alleviating disease and prolonging
human life, placing the family and kin group under the
In Experiencing the New Genetics, Kaja Finkler argues that
the often uncritical presentation of research on genetic
inheritance as well as the attitudes of some in the biomedical
establishment contribute to a "genetic essentialism," a new genetic
determinism, and the medicalization of kinship in American society.
She explores some of the social and cultural consequences of this
phenomenon. Finkler discovers that the new genetics can turn a
healthy person into a perpetual patient, complicate the
redefinition of the family that has been occurring in American
society for the past few decades, and lead to the abdication of
responsibility for addressing the problem of unhealthy
environmental conditions. Experiencing the New Genetics
will assist scholars and general readers alike in making sense of
this timely and multifaceted issue.
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