How Genes Matter

Genetic Medicine as Subjectivisation Practices

Bernhard Wieser

Transcript-Verlag

How Genes Matter

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Pub Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9783837637663

350 Pages

Format: Paperback

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How Genes Matter

Genetic Medicine as Subjectivisation Practices

Bernhard Wieser

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Understanding the significance of genetic factors for our lives requires an analysis that goes beyond biological aspects. It is especially necessary to take into account how human beings relate to others and to themselves. Who we are is a result of social action and the ways in which human beings constitute themselves as subjects. Seen from this perspective, genetic medicine is a social practice that shapes how we think about ourselves, how we conduct our behavior, and how we care for our children. This book scrutinizes practices by which individuals become knowledgeable about their genes and constitute them as responsible decision makers.

About the Author

Bernhard Wieser is associate professor of science and technology studies at Alpen-Adria-University, Klagenfurt–Wien–Graz.