Population Genetics and Belonging

A Cultural Analysis of Genetic Ancestry

Authors: Oikkonen, Venla

  • Introduces readers to population genetics in an accessible and engaging style
  • Highlights the mutual entanglement of genetic science and society 
  • Identifies and characterises different aspects of popular engagement with population genetics, and shows how these are implicated in discourses of gender, sexuality, race and class
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This book explores how human population genetics has emerged as a means of imagining and enacting belonging in contemporary society. Venla Oikkonen approaches population genetics as an evolving set of technological, material, narrative and affective practices, arguing that these practices are engaged in multiple forms of belonging that are often mutually contradictory. Considering scientific, popular and fictional texts, with several carefully selected case studies spanning three decades, the author traces shifts in the affective, material and gendered preconditions of population genetic visions of belonging. Topics encompass the debate about Mitochondrial Eve, ancient human DNA, temporality and nostalgia, commercial genetic ancestry tests, and tensions between continental and national genetic inheritance. The book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of science and technology studies, cultural studies, sociology, and gender studies.

About the authors

Venla Oikkonen is Research Fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland. Her research explores cultural aspects of genetics, evolutionary theory, and vaccine controversies. She is the author of Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives, and received the 2015 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Studying Population Genetics and Belonging

    Oikkonen, Venla

    Pages 1-21

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  • Mitochondrial Eve and the Affective Politics of Scientific Technologies

    Oikkonen, Venla

    Pages 23-71

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  • Imagining Origins Through Ancient Human DNA

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    Pages 73-130

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  • Evolutionary Nostalgia and the Temporality of Belonging

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    Pages 131-171

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  • Genetic Communities and the Boundaries of Belonging

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    Pages 173-220

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 89,99 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Population Genetics and Belonging
Book Subtitle
A Cultural Analysis of Genetic Ancestry
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62881-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62881-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62880-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 240
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