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Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers Studies on Race and Ethnicity) Paperback – February 16, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0813552552 ISBN-10: 0813552559 Edition: 1st

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"This sterling and absolutely needed collection probes the political and historical meanings of DNA, shaping our understanding of human connections and ourselves. Arguing for a multidisciplinary approach to these contentious concerns, this book should be widely read and discussed…a masterpiece." 
Susan M. Reverby, Wellesley College

"Intellectually and analytically strong, this volume comes together in a fluid melding of many different voices and perspectives that, when taken together, provide the richest and best collection of scholarship on the topic."
Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics

"Few collections have so successfully straddled the divide between biology and humanities in relation to race. This work will be widely read and cited."
Jay S. Kaufman, McGill University

About the Author

KEITH WAILOO is the Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the author or editor of several books, including Katrina's Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America (Rutgers University Press), How Cancer Crossed the Color Line, and Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health.

ALONDRA NELSON is an associate professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University. She is the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination and coeditor of Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life.

CATHERINE LEE is an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty associate at the Institute for Health at Rutgers University. She is completing a book entitled Fictive Kin: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race in Immigration Policy.

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Alondra Nelson, is professor of sociology and gender studies and dean of social science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is author most recently of "Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination," which was recognized with five awards. In addition, she is an editor of three volumes: "Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History;" "Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life;" and "Afrofuturism" (a special issue of "Social Text"). Her essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Science, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. Her next book, "The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome," will be published next year by Beacon Press. For more information, please see Follow her on Twitter @alondra and @sociallifeofDNA

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