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Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture Hardcover – September 27, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0231156967 ISBN-10: 0231156960

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There is perhaps no issue that is of more interest and relevance to the social study of science and public health than race and genetics, and Sheldon Krimsky and Kathleen Sloan are leaders in the field. Novel and forward thinking, this book will be a valuable addition to a literature that needs to be brought up to speed.

(David Rosner, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University)

A signal contribution. This volume wonderfully reflects the mission and track record of the Council for Responsible Genetics in clarifying the content and social significance of complex scientific issues and demystifying the ideological penumbras that surround them. I can hardly wait for this book to begin circulation. It should be read and taught as widely as possible.

(Adolph Reed Jr., University of Pennsylvania)

Essential reading for researchers, students, and policymakers seeking to challenge the new racial genetics.

(Dorothy Roberts, author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century)

Health and science collections alike will find this college-level discussion offers important connections between science and cultural awareness of race, and makes for key reading for students and researchers alike.

(Midwest Book Review)

An important strength of this timely,engaging, and readable book -- and what distinguishes it from some others -- is the claritywith which it demonstrates how genomics findings in one discipline... are applied to others...

(PsycCRITIQUES 1900-01-00)

About the Author

Sheldon Krimsky is professor of urban and environmental policy and planning and adjunct professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University. He is the author of nine books, including Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profit Corrupted Biomedical Research? and is coauthor with Tania Simoncelli of the recent Columbia University Press title Genetic Justice: DNA Databanks, Criminal Justice, and Civil Liberties.

Kathleen Sloan has run nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years and has directed communications and public relations functions for multinational corporations and nonprofits. She organized a major national conference on the impact of forensic DNA databanks on racial disparities in the criminal justice system for the Council for Responsible Genetics, where she formerly directed programs on both race and genetics and women and biotechnology.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231156960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231156967
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,141,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sanger on April 12, 2013
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Anything to do with race and genetics is risky business. This collection of essays handles the subject well. Race is, of course, a fairly "modern" term reflecting a fairly recent fascination with labeling groups of people, often for the purpose of social or political subjugation. Nevertheless, we are confronted with a period in our scientific progress in which we have the ability to make certain biological assumptions based on the CAGTs in the human DNA molecule. There is far to go in this research and farther to go in understanding the data.
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This book is full of gems and it has helped me on my journey of discovery in working on my dissertation!! It opens your eyes to the unity of the human family! Thank you.
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