The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society

Editors: Meloni, M., Cromby, J., Fitzgerald, D., Lloyd, S. (Eds.)

  • Brings together a multitude of scholars to create a truly interdisciplinary conversation between biology and society
  • Argues that the historic divide between the biological and the social sciences is no longer valid
  • Provides a balanced account of the debate by actively avoiding both uncritical celebrations of contemporary biological insights and blind scepticism about their potentials
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This comprehensive handbook synthesizes the often-fractured relationship between the study of biology and the study of society. Bringing together a compelling array of interdisciplinary contributions, the authors demonstrate how nuanced attention to both the biological and social sciences opens up novel perspectives upon some of the most significant sociological, anthropological, philosophical and biological questions of our era. 
The six sections cover topics ranging from genomics and epigenetics, to neuroscience and psychology to social epidemiology and medicine. The authors collaboratively present state-of-the-art research and perspectives in some of the most intriguing areas of what can be called biosocial and biocultural approaches, demonstrating how quickly we are moving beyond the acrimonious debates that characterized the border between biology and society for most of the twentieth century. 
This landmark volume will be an extremely valuable resource for scholars and practitioners in all areas of the social and biological sciences.
The chapter 'Ten Theses on the Subject of Biology and Politics: Conceptual, Methodological, and Biopolitical Considerations' is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via link.springer.com.
Versions of the chapters 'The Transcendence of the Social', 'Scrutinizing the Epigenetics Revolution', 'Species of Biocapital, 2008, and Speciating Biocapital, 2017' and 'Experimental Entanglements: Social Science and Neuroscience Beyond Interdisciplinarity' are available open access via third parties. For further information please see license information in the chapters or on link.springer.com.

About the authors

Maurizio Meloni is a social theorist and a STS scholar at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is the author of Political Biology, the upcoming A Postgenomic Body and co-editor of Biosocial Matters
John Cromby is a psychologist at the University of Leicester, UK. He is a co-author of Psychology, Mental Health and Distress and author of Feeling Bodies: Embodying Psychology
Des Fitzgerald is a sociologist and STS scholar at Cardiff University, UK. He is author of Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity and the Affective Labor of Neuroscience and co-author of Rethinking Interdisciplinarity Across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences
Stephanie Lloyd is a medical anthropologist at the Université Laval, Canada. Her research examines the production of molecular models that attempt to link early experiences to specific behaviours and traits, with a particular focus on epigenetics and neurosciences.

Reviews

“A veritable tour de force, the thirty-seven chapters of a Handbook of Biology and Society delineate an epistemic space for our times among the life sciences and the social sciences. Biological matter is fully social in both form and content and, reciprocally, sociality is enabled and modulated through and through by biology in its many configurations. All traces of dichotomous 20th century debates about biology and society are transcended in the five sections of the handbook that commence with history and culminate in ‘contested sites’ including those of race, gender, and class. No longer can humans be represented as independent of their environments; recognition of the reactive genome has made this evident at the molecular level. These outstanding essays go further, and mesh lived experience with molecular activity, thus fleshing out the mobility of biology and society.” (Margaret Lock PhD,  author of  The Alzheimer’ Conundrum)


Table of contents (38 chapters)

  • Introducing the New Biosocial Landscape

    Meloni, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Models, Metaphors, Lamarckisms and the Emergence of ‘Scientific Sociology’

    Gissis, Snait B.

    Pages 25-47

  • The Transcendence of the Social: Durkheim, Weismann and the Purification of Sociology

    Meloni, Maurizio

    Pages 49-76

  • Biology, Social Science, and Population in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Britain

    Renwick, Chris

    Pages 77-95

  • The Concept of Plasticity in the History of the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Early Twentieth Century

    Nicoglou, Antonine

    Pages 97-122

Buy this book

eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-52879-7
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52878-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society
Editors
  • Maurizio Meloni
  • John Cromby
  • Des Fitzgerald
  • Stephanie Lloyd
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52879-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52879-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52878-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 941
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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