Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Material GeneGender, Race, and Heredity after the Human Genome Project$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kelly E. Happe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814790670

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814790670.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 21 September 2021

Ideology and the New Rhetoric of Genomics

Ideology and the New Rhetoric of Genomics

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Ideology and the New Rhetoric of Genomics
Source:
The Material Gene
Author(s):

Kelly E. Happe

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814790670.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains how genomics is dependent on normative conceptions of the gendered, raced, and bounded body. Epistemologically and rhetorically, genomics effects the dematerialization of the body and its embeddedness in historically specific environments when biological matter is translated into the language of gene sequences and risk assessment. The body becomes just so much information. Yet the body rematerializes when genomics must make fathomable and palpable the body at risk, both to fashion medical subjects and to engage in the making of procedural rules and norms necessary to formalize and routinize particular sets of interventions. Not only must genomics rely on cultural discourses about the body to translate genetic information into body practices, but in doing so it will in turn participate in their construction. It thus contributes to our shared meanings of race, gender, and embodied life.

Keywords:   genomics, biopolitics, race, gender, cultural discourses, dematerialization of the body

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.