New genetic technologies cut across a range of public regulatory domains and private lifeworlds, often appearing to generate an institutional void in response to the complex challenges they pose. As a result, a number of new social formations are being developed to legitimate public engagement and avoid the perceived democratic deficit that may result. Papers in this volume discuss a variety of these manifestations in a global context, including: genetic data banks; committees of inquiry; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and national research laboratories. These institutions, across both health and agriculture, are explored in such diverse locations as Amazonia, China, Finland, Israel, the UK and the USA. This volume exhibits a clear thematic coherence around the impact of the new genetics and their associated technologies on new social formations, and the case studies included have a significant international focus, showing a balance between theoretical and empirical approaches in this rapidly changing field.
This innovative new volume will be of interest to postgraduates and professionals in the fields of sociology, social anthropology, science and technology studies, and environmental studies.
1 Introduction: New Genetics, New Social Formations Peter Glasner and Paul Atkinson 2 British Public Attitudes to Agricultural Biotechnology and the 2003 GMN Nation? Public Debate: Distrust, Ambivalence and Risk Nick Pidgeon and Wouter Poortinga 3 The UK stem cell bank: Creating safe stem cell lines and public support? Loes Kater 4 Public Biotechnology Inquiries: From Rationality to Reflexivity Tee Rogers-Hayden and Mavis Jones 5 The Precautionary Principle on Trial: The construction and transformation of the Precautionary Principle in the UK court context Chie Ujita, Liz Sharp and Peter Hopkinson 6 The Social Construction of the Biotech Industry Kean Birch 7 Biopiracy and the Bioeconomy Paul Oldham 8 Identifying John Moore: Narratives of Persona in Patent Law Relating to Inventions of Human Origin Hyo Yoon Kang 9 Sampling policies of Isolates of Historical Interest (IHI): the social and historical formation of research populations in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC) Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner 10 The making of scientific knowledge in the anthropological perspective Case studies from the French scientific community Angela Procoli 11 Genomics and the Transformation of Knowledge: the Bioinformatics Challenge Henrik Bruun 12 Science, Media and Society: the framing of bioethical debates around embryonic stem cell research between 2000 and 2005 Jenny Kitzinger, Clare Williams and Lesley Henderson 13 'Natural Forces' -- The Regulation and Discourse of Genomics and Advanced Medical Technologies in Israel Barbara Prainsack 14 Survival of the Gene? 21st Century Visions from Genomics, Proteomics and the New Biology Ruth McNally and Peter Glasner